State of Emergency Declared in Mississippi, Alabama

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Jackson, Miss. The governors of Mississippi and Alabama have both declared a state of emergency in preparation for coming winter weather across the twin states.

The National Weather Service in Jackson says the forecast for Tuesday calls for:
· Ice accumulations up to three quarters of an inch along the Gulf Coast.
· Snow accumulations of up to four inches along the Highway 84 corridor.
· Perhaps up to an inch of snow along and south of the I-20 corridor.
· Temperatures statewide are expected to remain below freezing from Tuesday morning through late Thursday morning.

The declaration is an administrative tool that allows state officials to position and deploy resources to assist areas that are impacted by an emergency.

Residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages, problems with pipes that are not fully insulated or at risk to burst and very dangerous driving conditions.

Alabama officials said ice is expected to be the biggest safety threat as colder temperatures and precipitation move into the state early Tuesday. Temperatures aren't expected to rebound until midday Thursday.

Motorists are encouraged not to do any unnecessary travel.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham is predicting 1 to 3 inches of snow across central and south Alabama and ice accumulation that could lead to power outages.

Alabama transportation crews are hustling to move salt and spreader trucks, normally only kept in north Alabama, to the southern part of the state.

The state is also postponing special elections that had been scheduled for Tuesday to fill vacant legislative seats.