1/16/2013 6:00:00 AM Neshoba could see snowfall tonight
By STEVEN THOMAS
After more than three inches of rainfall in a three-day period, meteorologists are predicting possible snow later this week in Neshoba County.
Leah Jarrell with radio station WHOC, the official recording agency for the National Weather Service in Jackson, said 3.06 inches of rainfall were recorded in Philadelphia from Sunday to Tuesday morning. Rainfall remained in the forecast into Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service said an upper low was expected to pass through the region Wednesday night through early Thursday bringing a chance of rain, possibly mixing with or changing over to snow, especially east of Interstate 55.
A significant impact was not anticipated since ground temperatures would likely be at least a little above freezing, the weather service said.
Neshoba County Emergency Management Director Jeff Mayo said if snow did fall, a plan would be implemented based on how much had accumulated.
"If it got big enough then we would salt the bridges," he said. "But we're not expecting it to accumulate much."
Philadelphia Mayor James Young agreed with Mayo, saying the city has a salt spreader that could be deployed within minutes if the streets iced over or they received an alert from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
"Hopefully, we won't have to use it," he said.
The weather started off unseasonably warm this past weekend before temperatures started to drop late Sunday. By Sunday afternoon rain had already began to fall in some areas, continuing on throughout much of Monday and Tuesday.
Mayo reported that despite the rainfall, the only damage reported was to a culvert in the Arlington community that had been damaged by localized flooding.
"The pre-work we did, unstopping come culverts, paid off," he said. "I've had not complaints."