Wintry conditions continue over Delta
by Rory Doyle
Jan 16, 2013 | 2304 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A worker for W.A. Kendall Company Incorporated cuts down a trim limb Tuesday morning. The company was doing storm work for Entergy along Miss. Highway 8 across from Delta State University.
A worker for W.A. Kendall Company Incorporated cuts down a trim limb Tuesday morning. The company was doing storm work for Entergy along Miss. Highway 8 across from Delta State University.
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The chaotic winter weather continues to strike the Delta with cold air, wind, freezing rain, sleet and ice.

The State of Emergency for Bolivar County declared by Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday remains in tact as the conditions continue to present a variety of issues, especially on the roads.

The State of Emergency is an administrative tool, which allows the state to offer support to the areas impacted by this weather event.

"We're trying to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to the ice," said Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Quinton. "If you don't need to be on the road you should stay safe and warm in the house."

Bryant added that, "We are taking the threat of severe weather seriously, and we are working to ensure that local officials have the tools they need to respond properly.”

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials are working closely with local emergency managers to identify any unmet needs counties and communities have in impacted areas of the state.

Freezing rain and snow are in the National Weather Service's local forecast through Wednesday night.

The NWS said ice accumulations of one-quarter to one-half an inch were reported in the region Monday and another quarter inch to half an inch of ice accumulation is expected Tuesday with locally higher amounts possible.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. said it continues to work hard at preventing further outages across the Delta.

"We are staging out-of-state contractors and other Entergy staff at the Bolivar County Expo building," said Cheryl Comans, customer service manager for Cleveland Entergy. "We have approximately 100 extra resources for the Cleveland network.

The extra staff includes lineman, supervisors and support personnel.

Comans said an interruption with the transmission line from the Delta Steam Plant to North Greenville early Tuesday morning caused a three-minute outage for customers in Rosedale, but the problem was quickly restored.

A short power outage occurred late Monday morning affecting many businesses along U.S. Highway 61 North for about 45 minutes.

Some parts of the state that haven't been threatened by icy conditions remain under flood warnings or flash flood warnings.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced Tuesday a wintry weather update on roadway conditions for motorists traveling through the state.

As a winter weather system pushes across Mississippi, icy precipitation has begun to accumulate on bridges in northern Bolivar county. MDOT crews are spreading slag on bridges to improve traction but extreme caution should be used if you must travel due to the patchy ice.

MDOT will keep motorists posted on road conditions as information becomes available and advises emergency travel only throughout the aforementioned areas. Motorists are encouraged 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.

The weather forecast for today was freezing rain likely before 10 a.m., then a slight chance of rain until 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New ice accumulation of around a 0.1 of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night — A slight chance of rain and snow after 7 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday — A slight chance of rain and snow before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday Night — Mostly clear, with a low around 27. North wind 5 to 10 mph.