Wintry weather to remain in Mississippi - - Jackson, MS

Wintry weather to remain in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Much of Mississippi was under a winter storm warning through Friday with forecasters expecting up to an inch of snow in northern counties overnight and freezing rain and sleet to the south.

The heaviest precipitation from the winter blast that arrived in Jackson Wednesday will come after 9 p.m., says National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Carpenter.

Roads and grounds likely will be covered with a quarter- to half-inch of ice by morning after a night fall of sleet, freezing rain and possibly minimal amounts of snow.

Some reports of freezing rain and sleet were reported in areas of south and eastern Mississippi, where transportation officials ice was accumulating on bridges and overpasses.

Friday brings a 100 percent chance of a quarter- to half-inch of rain in central Mississippi with freezing rain, sleet and snow in north Mississippi, although snow was expected at no more than an inch.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation warned motorists in south and eastern Mississippi to watch for icy conditions. MDOT said crews were out putting de-icing material on bridges and overpasses in the southern part of the state at midday Thursday and were monitoring other areas.

Several schools closed early Thursday throughout the state.

Alcorn State University announced it would shut down its campuses in Lorman, Vicksburg and Natchez at 2 p.m. Thursday because of freezing rain.

The Mississippi School for the Blind in Jackson closed Thursday and would be closed Friday.

The National Weather Service said the freezing rain and light snow could be expected to continue into Monday with overnight temperatures before freezing in central and northern Mississippi.

Sunny and slightly warmer weather was expected to return statewide Tuesday.

Carpenter said the cold air that spurred the massive snowstorms in the Midwest is moving across the area and contributing to the expected sleet and snow.

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