Governor declares emergency as arctic system nears - - Jackson, MS

Governor declares emergency as arctic system nears

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Haley Barbour has declared a state of emergency due to dangerously cold weather expected in the next few days.

Barbour's announcement came the same day authorities confirmed that a man in Lauderdale County died of hypothermia, Mississippi's first death linked to the weather.

Barbour said "extreme and prolonged subfreezing temperatures" could lead to shortages for heating fuels and increase fire risks as people try to stay warm.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ariel Cohen said temperatures could dip as low as single digits in parts of the state by the weekend.

There are also threats of snow, sleet and freezing rain as early as Wednesday night and Thursday in northern and central Mississippi.

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