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Power Outages A Possibility With Winter Storm in North Counties

SOUTHAVEN, Miss.–There had been no reports of freezing rain in the early hours in north Mississippi, but forecasters with the National Weather Service said it was still very likely, especially in DeSoto and Tunica counties, which were still under an ice storm warning, effective until 6 p.m. Friday.

“We’re expecting that line of cooler air to move across this morning and slowly change from rain to freezing rain,” said Meteorologist Andy Chiuppi.

Accumulations of ice for those two counties were expected at one quarter to three quarters of an inch.

Following the ice, snow and sleet accumulations of less than an inch was possible.

As far as counties just south of there, stretching as far as Oxford and Clarksdale, there was still a possibility of lower ice accumulations.

“We’re not ruling that out. That cold air will be moving further south,” he said.

Under a winter weather advisory were Marshall, Benton, Tippah, Alcorn, Tate, Coahoma, Quitman, Panola, Lafayette, Union Tallahatchie and Yalobousha counties.

To the south of there, stretching into the lower Delta, counties along the rive south to about Greenville were under a freezing rain advisory.

Chiuppi said power outages could still be possible in the counties under a winter weather advisory, and it depends on factors like how many leaves are left on the trees. The weight could bring branches down onto power lines.


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