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Approaching winter storm prompts warnings

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 9.25.33 AMThose dreaming of a white Christmas in Northwest Mississippi might get more than they hoped for later this week.

Emergency management officials are cautioning residents about the dangers associated with an approaching winter storm expected to bring ice, sleet and possibly snow to the mid-South region.

The National Weather Service says counties in eastern Arkansas, Northwest Mississippi and West Tennessee will be under winter storm watches and warnings Friday. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s.

Forecasters say travel will be hazardous and power outages are possible.

The weather service said yesterday that the area likely to be the most affected by ice is northeast Arkansas and northwest Tennessee.

Officials are monitoring road conditions. Motorists should check their cars’ tires, windshield wipers and antifreeze levels.

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