Officials in Lowndes County say winter weather could have contributed to a deadly accident on Miss. Highway 50. Multiple vehicle accidents around the state have been reported to the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl.
An overnight fire at the Webster County Courthouse destroyed the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The NWS has issued the following watches and warnings, which are subject to change due to developing weather conditions:
· Winter Storm Warning until noon: Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Webster and Winston counties.
· Winter Weather Advisory until 11 a.m.: Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lee, Monroe and Pontotoc counties.
According to the National Weather Service, hazardous road conditions have developed with the accumulation of snow and slush on roads, bridges and overpasses. MEMA urges residents to allow extra time to reach your destination this morning. This system WILL affect morning commutes.
Many areas in central Mississippi are reporting snow accumulations of up to 4 inches. Temperatures will drop below freezing again tonight, which raises the concern for the development of ice on roads, bridges and overpasses. Motorists should use caution on their Friday morning commute.
Residents are also encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures. Make sure they have a safe, warm place to stay while the conditions remain cold and hazardous.
Stay tuned to your local media outlets for updates on weather and schools in your area.
The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to announce a wintry weather update on roadway conditions for motorists traveling through the state.
As a winter weather system pushes across Mississippi, snow and ice has begun to accumulate on bridges and roadways in Chickasaw, Clay, Oktibbeha and Pontotoc Counties. MDOT personnel are monitoring the weather and will take necessary measures to keep Mississippi roadways safe. Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and use extreme caution while traveling in these areas.
MDOT will keep motorists posted on road conditions as information becomes available and advises emergency travel only throughout the aforementioned areas. MDOT reminds motorists to buckle up for safety, drive safely, stay alert and slow down, especially when driving in wintry weather conditions.
For the most up-to-date information in your area, please visit www.MDOTtraffic.com and sign up for traffic alerts. Also, visit http://www.MDOTtraffic.com/mobile to get the latest traffic information from www.MDOTtraffic.com on your mobile device. MDOT advises the public to pull off the road to a safe location if you need to check the www.MDOTtraffic.com website while driving. MDOT’s number one concern is the safety of the traveling public.