NWS upgrades possibility of snow, ice for Tuesday

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Ryan Phillips
SDN Editor

The Golden Triangle area is now expecting an elevated chance for snow accumulation Monday night into Tuesday morning, after the latest report from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson.

In the most current report from the NWS, the Golden Triangle is expected to see the highest probability for snow and ice from 2 a.m. through 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The NWS warns travel conditions could become hazardous with snow cover and the freezing of residual moisture on roads and bridges. Wind chills are expected to be in the teens, mainly north of I-20.

On Monday night, rain is expected to change to snow as a sharp cold front move across the region.

Oktibbeha County Emergency Management officials encourage locals to remember the four “P’s” when the temperature begins to drop — people, pets, pipes and plants.

Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Director Kristen Campanella said it is possible the area could see accumulation up to a couple of inches, making the primary concern travel for emergency officials.

“We have been in contact with the road departments and utilities keeping them up to date on these expected conditions,” Campanella said. “As usual we are grateful for our local law enforcement that will be out monitoring roadways and keeping us up to date on the conditions. We will notify through our social media and media outlets of any changes or road closures.”

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Public Information Officer Nicole Thomas said on Sunday that district officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and change change to the normal school schedule will be shared on all of the district’s social media channels.

Any changes to the school district’s schedule will also be shared on the district’s mass messaging system — SchoolMessenger — for both parents and employees. Information and updates will also be shared by the district on Twitter: @StarkvilleSD.

The forecast for Tuesday calls for a low around 26 degrees, with southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest after midnight into Tuesday morning.

With respect to power lines often impacted during winter storms, winds could gust as high as 20 mph, according to the latest NWS report. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent, with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

For Tuesday, a 20 percent chance of snow is forecast before 9 a.m., with the rest of the day expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

NWS said during one of its Sunday briefings that temperatures could possibly fall below freezing Tuesday night, and causing moisture and melted snow to freeze overnight.

Campanella urged locals to check on neighbors and elderly to ensure they have adequate heat sources and if you have to be outdoors, dress in layers and limit your time outside. 

She also said to bring your pets indoors or at least give them proper shelter, make sure pipes are insulated properly and close off unneeded rooms and place towels in the cracks under doors.

In the event you have to use generators, Campanella said to be sure to follow generator safety rules.

She also recommended keeping electronic devices charged in the event of power outage and to never use an oven or stove as a heat source. 

“If using portable heaters, be sure to plug those heaters into wall outlets,” Campanella said. “Don’t use an extension cord or power strip. Keep the heater three feet away from flammable objects. Make sure it has an automatic shut-off.”

Campanella also recommended checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors now, with the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning being the greatest during the winter months.

To follow the Oktibbeha County EMA, visit the agency’s Facebook page or on Twitter @OktibbehaEOC.