Winter weather brushes Golden Triangle

Southern parts of Oktibbeha County saw light snow on Friday, but most missed the wintry mix (Photo courtesy of John Long)
Staff Writer

Mississippi's warm days saw a dramatic dip, with many places in the state seeing snow flurries, dusting and even up to six inches of snow.

Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson Thomas Winesett said there was a dry-cold air mass to the north and dry, cooler air getting pulled to the south.

"In this case, there was an area of low pressure that formed over the northern Gulf of Mexico and it transported moisture back into Mississippi and lifted it up and over that dry cold air," Winesett said.

Winesett said the state experienced "evaporative cooling".

"As that occurs, it causes your temperatures to drop," Winesett said. "That's how we were able to lower our temperatures down to support snow."

Although some parts of the Golden Triangle saw snow, most places did not. Winesett said with these types of events, there is a "sharp cutoff" with how far north the moisture gets and he said this system was no exception.

Oktibbeha, Lowdnes and Clay counties saw only a light dusting in the southern parts of the counties. Some places in the state recorded a total of six inches of snow.

The cold snap is expected to last until Monday, with temperatures dropping below 20 degrees over the weekend. On Monday there is a high of 50 degrees, but temperatures are expected to drop back down on Tuesday.

Winesett recommended residents be cautious if the roads are still icy from the snow flurries. He said those who have pets should bring them inside.

Oktibbeha County EMA Deputy Director Jarvis Boyd said there have not been any damage reports or reports of iced bridges. He said everything was clear as of Friday afternoon.

Reports from both Clay County and Lowndes County EMA Directors said they did not experience any closures.

With the possibility of more winter weather events to come, Boyd recommended residents pay close attention to emergency and weather services to provide the latest updates on the changes in weather.

He said having this information can easily help residents prepare for emergency situations.

"At all times we want to let the citizens know to keep an emergency pack in your vehicle," Boyd said.

In these emergency packs, Boyd recommends jackets, blankets, batteries and to make sure cell phones are always charged.

He said at any time someone is stranded on the roadways, call 911 for assistance.