Ice storm forecast: ‘Vicksburg is going to be in the worst of it’

Published 10:40 am Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Warren County can expect another frigid assault as a new weather system is expected to bring additional ice and snow to the area.

“It’s going to be rather nasty today and Vicksburg is going to be in the worst of it,”  Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Jackson, said Wednesday morning. “We’re already experiencing freezing rain mixed with sleet in Northeast Louisiana and the system is east of Monroe, so it should be in your area in a couple of hours.

“What you can expect is one-half to an inch of ice to what you already have and 1 to 2 inches of snow/sleet mix,” Edmonston said. “Roads will become impassable and downed power lines will be possible.”

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Overnight temperatures will be in the 20s, with the highs in the upper 30s. Thursday will see temperatures in the upper 30s, but “We really don’t expect any real thawing to occur until Saturday when the high will be in the 50s and the lows above freezing,” Edmonston said.

He said the thawing will continue through Monday as temperatures remain in the 50s when rain is forecast, “But the temperatures will be above freezing so it will be a cold rain.”

Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer said county roads remained covered with ice and problems remain with people sliding off the road.

“Unless they have to, people do not need to be traveling on the roads,” he said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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