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Preparations being made for winter storm

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 JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A blast of wintry weather is set to hit Mississippi Sunday.  Officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said everyone needs to be prepared for what they are calling "possibly treacherous winter weather conditions."

Northern Mississippi could see four to eight inches of snow while the rest of the state may get a mix of sleet, snow and ice.

"Kind of like when we're trying to predict hurricanes three days out, it is difficult to know exactly where the line is going to be.  Certainly whatever happens it is going to be fairly dangerous," said MEMA Director Mike Womack.

MDOT planned to keep drivers safe by having road crews spread de-icing materials on bridges and overpasses.

"I have four trucks on standby.  Four large trucks and three small trucks to handle the whole Hinds County area," said MDOT Maintenance Superintendent Donald Walsh.

Entergy Mississippi was also preparing for possible power outages caused by the wintry weather.

"We've been relocating some of our people, making emergency plans.  We have also secured resources that will be traveling this way to help us assist in advance of the storm," said Entergy Mississippi spokesperson Jeter Robbin.

MEMA warns all Mississippi residents need to be prepared with an emergency supply kit complete with food and water.  Stay clear of downed power lines and off the roads if you can.

"Start preparing today, tonight.  Don't wait until tomorrow night or Sunday morning to get whatever supplies you need," said Womack.  "Expect you could have some power outages and be thinking of what you would do it you have to stay warm."

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