Sunday, February 15, 2015

Latest Weather Update for Winston County Area- 2:30 pm - Sunday

The National Weather Service has been monitoring a likely winter storm projected for parts of Mississippi beginning on Sunday evening. The latest info indicates that the likelihood of freezing rain and sleet has moved slightly to the north with the greatest chance of frozen precipitation on a line north of Hwy 82.

The most northern tier of Mississippi counties (along Tennessee border) are expected to be hit the hardest with ice accumulations up to 1/2 inch beginning after midnight on Monday. Areas further south across Mississippi including the Tupelo  and Clarksdale areas can also expect up to 1/4 inch of freezing rain.

Areas immediately to our north - Starkville, Columbus, Winona, etc are expected to see some freezing rain but with limited accumulation and mostly cold rain. Winston County is currently projected just below this line although there is always the danger of freezing on bridges and overpasses.

Those traveling north from our area should reconsider their options for the next 48 hours. A drop again in temperatures on Monday evening could refreeze roadways to our north.

In addition NWS is also projecting the possibility of strong thunderstorms on Monday afternoon into the evening for areas to the south of Winston County from a line from Jackson to Meridian and areas south. As always, this is subject to change so please continue to monitor.

To summarize: Winston County is at this time projected to miss the bulk of freezing rain and ice but travelers should be cautious on bridges and overpasses and continue to check for updates.