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North Mississippi braces for snowfall and showers

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HUMPHREYS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Humphreys County is bracing for a round of winter weather that Mother Nature is expected to bring to parts of the county. Emergency management officials said they are prepared to combat this possibility of snow and ice.

“As long as it stays above 30 degrees, it will be okay," said Humphreys County Chief Deputy Darrin Allen. "But if it gets below and turns to ice, that’s when the snow gets slippery.” 

One to three inches of snow is expected to cover the county, but sand is ready for the roads if they freeze over.

“If it gets bad, we will get with MDOT and they will sand down all the bridges," added Allen. "When you put salt on the roads, it melts the ice. The sand helps if you are crossing the bridges and the roads, it helps the traction on the tires.” 

Flashing blue lights will also be on just about every corner of the county keeping an eye out for travelers

“To keep down accidents,” said Allen.

Emergency officials said there is also a place for residents to hunker down if they don't feel safe staying in their homes.

“If they have to evacuate because they live in rural areas and can’t get to town or electricity, we have a multipurpose building in the south end of Belzoni,” said Allen.

Stocking up on food before the snow starts to cover rooftops and roads was also on many residents' minds today.

“Buy a lot of water and milk and little snack food just in case if the power goes out, so that is the best way to prepare,” said resident Eric Bradford.

At the SuperValu in Belzoni, the manager said they ordered extra of just about everything to make sure customers will have what they need.

“Well it is important being the only grocery store, we want to make sure we have enough supplies to supply everyone who needs supplies,” said Manager Herman Scott.

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