City, county offices, schools close as icy roads deemed hazard

Published 7:47 am Tuesday, January 16, 2024

A number of city and county offices, along with public and private schools, are closed today (Tuesday, Jan. 16) as overnight winter weather has left much of Warren County under a layer of ice.

Offices with the City of Vicksburg, along with many Warren County departments and local schools, will remain closed today over concerns of hazardous driving conditions. Officials with the City of Vicksburg said utility bills may still be paid online or through telephone payment options, but added, “we urge you not to drive unless absolutely necessary.”

Monday night, Warren County officials announced a number of department closures, including: the Warren County Board of Supervisors, chancery clerk, circuit clerk, permitting/addressing office, tax assessor and tax collector.

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“We will be monitoring road conditions tomorrow and will make a decision or Wednesday sometime tomorrow,” EMA officials said Monday night.

The Vicksburg Warren School District announced over the weekend it had suspended classes for Tuesday, while on Monday Porter’s Chapel Academy, Agape Montessori Christian Academy, and Vicksburg Catholic School (Sisters of Mercy ELC, SFXE, and SAHS) each announced they will be closed Tuesday (Jan. 16) due to the extreme winter weather.

“SAHS students please check LMS for assignments and SFXE students please continue with your packets,” Vicksburg Catholic School posted on Facebook along with the announcement on Monday.

Neither Porter’s Chapel nor Vicksburg Catholic School has made an announcement regarding plans for Wednesday, but Porter’s Chapel officials said “a decision about school on Wednesday will be made (Tuesday) and communicated with our Eagle Family. Please stay safe!”

Agape Montessori officials also said they will make a decision concerning Wednesday on Tuesday afternoon after reassessing the weather.