For the second time this month, an arctic blast has gripped the state, and authorities again are asking Mississippians to be cautious.
It’s very cold across Mississippi and forecasters say below freezing temperatures will continue through much of today.
National Weather Service Forecaster Mike Edmonston in Jackson says the coldest pocket of air is in the Starkville-Columbus area where the temperature at 5 a.m. today was 19 and the wind chill made it feel like 8.
Edmonston said the temperatures across the central part of Mississippi could continue to fall today as a cold front moves east across the state.
In south Mississippi and along the Coast, forecasters say some snow flurries with minor accumulations are possible this morning.
Mike Hill, a forecaster at the weather service office in Slidell, La., says snow could cover grassy areas by midmorning.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to be prepared for the possibility of problems with pipes that are not fully insulated or at risk to burst, and some threat for exposure and hypothermia for those who do not have proper warm clothing.
“This is some of the coldest air we’ve seen this year and some of the areas in our state that will see the coldest temperatures do not see these frigid temperatures on a regular basis,” said MEMA director Robert Latham. “Our citizens need to take the proper precautions and please be sure to check on your family, friends and neighbors.”
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