The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that continues beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday and continuing through 6 a.m. Monday for northern sections of Louisiana and Mississippi.
The worst weather, including accumulations of slushy snow and sleet of four to eight inches, are projecting along a line north of Rayville, La., to Philadelphia, Miss., Sunday.
Following that, forecasters are expecting freezing rain to hit the region late Sunday.
While conditions on roads and highways early in the day may be passable, that can and will likely change later Sunday and early Monday morning when temperatures fall and wet surfaces freeze.
Decisions on more school or business closings will likely be made late Sunday or early Monday, when officials have a better idea of how the weather is affecting travel. Officials advise avoiding road travel if possible.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation reported at midday Sunday that there was icy accumulation reported on:
Bridges and roadways in Panola, Quitman County, Yalobusha and Calhoun Counties;
Bridges and roadways in Carroll County; bridges and roadways in Winston County; bridges and roadways in Noxubee County; bridges and roadways in Tallahatchie County; roadways in Montgomery County;
Bridges and roadways in Grenada County; snow and ice on bridges and roadways in Choctaw and Oktibbeha Counties;
Bridges and roadways in Attala County; ice on bridge at I-20 in Meridian; bridges and roads on Highway 45 and Highway 145 between Clarke and Lauderdale County; U.S. Highway 61 in Bolivar County; bridges and roads in Leflore County;
Bridges and roadways in Neshoba County; bridges and roadways in Kemper County; ice on bridges and roadways south to north of U.S. Highway 82 in Washington County moving into Sunflower County; bridges in Holmes and Humphreys counties beginning at Belzoni to Thornton and to Goodman, Miss. which includes Highway 49, Highway 49 West, Highway 49 East and U.S. Highway 51; bridges in Newton County; the overpass on Highway 49 at Magee and on the I-20 bridge at Highway 13 in Scott County. Other locations that has been affected by the wintry mix includes I-220/U.S. Highway 80 in Jackson; I-20 bridge at Highway 15 in Newton County; the bridge over the railroad tracks at Highway 80 at King Lumber and Highway 35 just south of the Highway 80 intersection in Scott County and the I-20 bridge at Exit 100 eastbound in Newton County.
MEMA recommends the following safety tips during winter storms:
Stay home and do not drive on snowy or icy roads.
Have a fully stocked emergency supply kit.
Stay clear of downed power lines. Even if the electricity appears to have been turned off, leave the lines alone. Do not try to move them yourself.
Only operate generators outdoors. Do not operate a generator inside your home or garage.
Turn off all home appliances to prevent a surge once the power is turned on again.
Be cautious when using alternative heat sources. Do not use a stove for heat because it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Letting water drip from a faucet during extremely cold weather can relieve water pressure and help prevent pipes of your home from bursting. If you suspect your pipes are frozen and may have burst, turn off your water at the main shut-off valve and call a plumber.