Mississippi, Alabama Expecting Wintry Weather

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

John Baxter with the National Weather Service says to expect very cold temperatures throughout the weekend.

But as far as snow, Baxter says it's unusual to see snow in our area that actually sticks.

"It's a rare event in the number of snowfalls, where the snow actually stayed on the ground for a period of hours to a day or so are probably less than a half a dozen in the entire 110 or 115 years of the meteorological area, at least in Meridian," Baxter said.

But his prediction isn't stopping the city from preparing for cold weather conditions with bags of salt and piles of sand.

Meridian public works director Monty Jackson says workers are on standby. He admits he can't recall the last time it snowed in Meridian. But he wants residents to know the city will take action if needed.

"We've got some stock piles of sand that we put under the bridge to keep it dry, so it doesn't freeze," said Jackson. "And we also got some, a little
stockpile of salt that may be needed also. But we won't use any of that until we see what's really going to happen."

When the winter weather arrives, Jackson is encouraging residents to drive carefully.

"Just be very careful on bridges and try to avoid them, because there's always a potential of a slippery spot in the road," said Jackson.

Both Baxter and Jackson predict it won't be a snowy Saturday morning in Meridian. However, they both say taking a few extra precautions during the this winter weather can be beneficial.


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