After several bouts of snow, sleet and freezing around the state over the past several weeks, more is on the way.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter storm warnings and advisories across much of northern and portions of central Mississippi early Monday in anticipation of the wintry weather that is expected to impact the state Monday night through Tuesday.
The winter storm warning covers 15 counties from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Tuesday including Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Clay, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lowndes, Montgomery, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Sharkey, Webster, Winston and Yazoo.
The winter weather advisories cover another 27 counties from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Tuesday including Benton, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, De Soto, Grenada, Hinds, Kemper, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Madison, Marshall, Neshoba, Newton, Panola, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yalobusha. This does include the capital city of Jackson.
"An approaching weather system will combine with cold air and bring a risk of multiple winter precipitation types for tonight into Tuesday. The precipitation will be in the form of freezing rain, sleet and light snow," the NWS said.
"Ice accumulations are expected to reach near one quarter of an inch(with some amounts up to half of an inch) with some snow accumulation as well," the NWS added.
The significant icing expected will have the potential to bring down trees and power lines across the winter storm warning area in addition to causing bridges and overpasses to become ice-covered.
The select cities of Yazoo City, Winona, Starkville, Rolling Fork, Pickens, Durant, Columbus, West Point, Maben, Mathiston, Lexington and Goodman are most at risk for significant freezing rain. However, a mix of sleet, freezing rain and plain rain will also be likely down to the I-20 corridor from Vicksburg to Jackson.
Where the cold air will be deeper in the atmosphere in northern Mississippi, snowfall accumulations of one to three inches, primarily north of the Highway 82 corridor. Most areas south of I-20 will mainly see a cold rain during this event.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are urging residents to get prepared and stay aware of changing road conditions as winter storm moves through the area.
Both agencies will be following weather conditions through the day Monday in preparation to salt and sand roads across the region.