Officials stress safety as inclement weather moves in

Published 7:59 pm Monday, January 8, 2024

As wind and rain move through the Warren County area overnight, local officials are stressing safety and common-sense practices, while trees and other debris have already begun to make driving a challenge.

Vicksburg Fire Chief Derrick Stamps said colder weather is often a factor in increased amounts of structure fires occurring during winter months, but said those dangers can also extend to driving and a jump in overall accidents.

Stamps and other county officials have been stressing safe practices, such as staying off the roads during inclement weather unless absolutely necessary, ahead of Monday night and Tuesday morning’s expected weather.

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According to the National Weather Service, much of Warren County is under a wind advisory, with rain and thunderstorms expected throughout most of Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

The forecast, according to the NWS is ” windy, with a southeast wind 20-to-25 mph becoming southwest 10-to-15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three- quarters-of-an-inch possible.”