The possibility of several inches of snow falling over the next 24 hours or so in Mississippi and Alabama has the WTOK viewing area under a winter storm warning.
Officials say they are hoping that people will heed the warning. Emergency officials have been watching the weather all Thursday, getting ready to make some important decisions.
Thursday afternoon, the city of Meridian Department of Homeland Security, the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency, local school officials and weather experts met to prepare for the coming storm.
They made a few decisions, and decided to wait on some others. One decision that was definitely clear is the fact that preparations do need to be made for this predicted winter storm.
Officials with the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County anticipate snow accumulation overnight and into Friday. They are warning that driving conditions could be dangerous as soon as the snow starts to fall.
"Driving conditions will start deteriorating as soon as it starts snowing, which will be at night," said National Weather Service coordinator John Baxter. "The temperature will be at or below freezing, so everything is going to stick. But they will get worse tomorrow afternoon after the snow stops. The temperature will drop back below freezing by about 1 p.m. Friday so all of the snow that's on the roadway that traffic had the chance to melt or turn into slush, will refreeze."
Because road conditions are expected to be bad, city and county school officials are monitoring the situation closely. Officials say they will continue to do so in order to decide whether or not to cancel school for Friday.