Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Weather & Climate

Mississippi among several states under winter storm states of emergency

See also

An evolving winter storm has prompted governors in several states across the Deep South to issue emergencies ahead of the storm.

A state of emergency was declared for Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia, which is the second time in two weeks that these states have been under an emergency due to winter weather.

“I have declared a State of Emergency to aid emergency officials in preparing for the onset of this potentially dangerous weather,” Mississippi 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,” Bryant added.

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

Residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages and very dangerous driving conditions with significant accumulations of snow, sleet and ice expected across parts of the region.

The worst conditions are forecast to evolve over Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday with major ice accumulations on trees and power lines of one-half to more than one-inch, according to the National Weather Service.

Motorists are encouraged not to do any unnecessary travel.

Get more interesting environment and science and space news. Also, follow along with the thousands of others for periodic weather updates, news and notes on Twitter.

Advertisement

News

  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    At least 550 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the third week of the war
    Video
    Video
  • Pro-Russia guards
    President Obama criticizes pro-Russian rebels for blocking off the MH17 crash site
    World News
  • National Guard at Texas border
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
    US News
  • Unlikely Putin defender
    The unlikeliest US politician comes to the defense of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin
    Politics
  • iPhone 6 coming soon
    Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 6, orders tens of millions of units
    Tech
  • Gynecologist settlement
    Johns Hopkins agrees to $190M settlement for patients recorded by gynecologist
    Strange News