PEARL – The State Emergency Operations Center has received reports of close to nine inches of snow in some parts of the state causing major travel problems and significant power outages. Estimated snow totals being reported to the National Weather Service include:
Houston (Chickasaw) 9 inches
Tupelo (Lee) 8 inches
Tremont (Itawamba) 7.5 inches
Grenada (Grenada) 6 inches
Calhoun City (Calhoun) 6 inches
Columbus (Lowndes) 6 inches
The Mississippi Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety are asking citizens to stay off the roads where ice and snow have accumulated unless it is an emergency.
There are several curfews that have been put in place by local law enforcement because of dangerous conditions:
Lee Co., Calhoun Co., and city of Tupelo until 5 a.m.
Cities of Okolona and Houston until 6 a.m.
Red Cross Shelter opening:
Warming Centers open:
Parkway Church, 200 5th Ave. in Houston
Okolona First Baptist Church, 201 Main St. in Okolona.
Salvation Army Center in Greenville.
As of 8:30 p.m. there are more than 36,000 power outages being reported:
Carroll County 2,500
Montgomery County 2,500
Monroe County EPA
Clay County 1,500
Choctaw County 1,500
Natchez Trace EPA
Chickasaw County 2,800
Webster County 2,000
Calhoun County 3,000
Lee County 1,831
Itawamba County 1,063
There are numerous school districts closing or delaying opening on Thursday in north and central Mississippi. Please check with your local districts for the status in your area.
Gov. Phil Bryant will make a decision on the opening of state offices early Thursday morning based on road conditions.
The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated responding to any requests for assistance from local governments.
For up-to-date roadway information, go to www.mdottraffic.com or dial 5-1-1.
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