Mississippi Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Weather

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(WREG-TV) Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of winter weather.

Ice and snow, which may accumulate in some areas, are possible in northern and central parts of the state.

From the governor’s office:

More than 40 counties are included in the National Weather Service forecast area.

A State of Emergency declaration is an administrative tool that allows state officials to position and deploy resources to assist areas that are impacted by an emergency.

“I have declared a State of Emergency to aid emergency officials in preparing for the onset of this potentially dangerous weather,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi has seen its share of winter weather lately, but now is not the time to become weather weary. Residents should not overreact but should make plans now to ensure they are prepared for a variety of conditions, including prolonged freezing temperatures, icy roadways and accumulations of ice and winter precipitation.”

“Residents in areas affected by winter weather should not drive unless necessary, as road conditions may become hazardous.

Residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages, problems with pipes that are not fully insulated or at risk of bursting and very dangerous driving conditions.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is monitoring road conditions and will issue traffic alerts for roadways and bridges that experience icing conditions. Residents may also dial 5-1-1 for information on road conditions.

4 comments

  • winter

    Please it’s NEVER going to snow here! How many times have you all predicted a winter weather watch or advisory and we end up with nothing. I WANT SOME SNOW DARNIT! :-(!

  • winter

    Why do Desoto County Schools keep making these kids go to school knowing the hazardous condition? If something happens it’s their fault!

    • krystal

      The reason why desoto county doesn’t close the school is because the weather has not been hazardous. Desoto county will not be getting any snow so why should they close down? Everyone is over reacting to nothing. And why should children stay home when it is cold? There are heaters in every classroom. They would not put the children in danger

  • Storm Spotter

    The reason Desoto County School never close is because they don’t want to make up snow days I know I went to Desoto County Schools.

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