Winter weather is heading our way as early as this afternoon. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings go into effect as of 6pm. For now, we are watching rain south of Jackson move through. It's far too warm currently for it to be falling as anything other than rain.
Moisture surging in from the south will meet up with cooler air to the north, creating issues with freezing rain, sleet, and even some snow. Areas in the Delta and farther north can expect to see some snow mixing in with sleet and freezing rain, creating slick road conditions. Those under a Winter Storm Warning, including (but not limited to) Yazoo City, Kosciusko, Tchula, and Lexington, can expect up to half an inch of ice from sleet and freezing rain. This will create significant travel issues, along with the threat for scattered power outages. Those south of I-20 will see pure rain mixing in with any ice. Areas including Hinds and Madison counties should still be on alert for travel problems beginning this evening. Areas in Southern Mississippi are only expecting rain showers.
As far as timing goes, expect generally rain today with a wintry mix on occasion. The better threat for ice/snow/rain is after dark. We'll likely see showers tapering on Tuesday AM, making way for a brief lull in the wet weather for the afternoon. However, current indications are that we'll have a resurgence of wintry precip again on Tuesday night and into Wednesday.
After that, much quieter weather is in store! Sunnier skies and pleasant temperatures will carry us into next weekend.
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