New winter weather advisory issued

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A winter weather advisory that includes Neshoba County has been issued until 3 p.m. this afternoon by the National Weather Service in Jackson.

This advisory comes as a winter storm warning expired at 6 a.m. this morning and thousands of residents remain without power because of downed power lines.

While there may be some thawing today there is a possibility of refreezing that can occur tonight and tomorrow morning, resulting in black ice on the roads, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. said.

"Temperatures will be dangerously cold," officials said. "With the melting ice, be on the lookout for downed power lines and fallen trees. Road conditions are still not suitable for travel."

Philadelphia Utilities is experiencing outages throughout their service area, officials said last night. "Please be patient as we restore power as soon and safely as possible," they said.

Woodland Hills residents described limbs snapping as sounding like gunfire.

More than 70% of rural customers serviced by Central Electric were without power in the county. More than 21,000 customers were without power across the seven-county service area.

Philadelphia Police have reported numerous traffic incidents Wednesday caused by the weather. 

Mississippi 16 and Mississippi 21 were closed at one point but reopened.

Schools remained closed today and many area businesses are shuttered. Even Walmart has been closed.

The high today is forecast to be near 38 degrees.

WHAT...Light ice accumulations will continue due to areas of freezing drizzle.

WHERE...Portions of northeast Louisiana, central, east-central, north-central, northeast, northwest, south-central, southwest and west-central Mississippi and southeast Arkansas.

WHEN...Until 3 PM CST this afternoon.

IMPACTS...The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for Mississippi can be obtained by visiting mdottraffic.com.


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