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Meteorologist: Blizzards could hit North Mississippi on Friday

North Mississippi is under a winter storm warning and forecasters say Friday could bring blizzards, with up to 6 inches of snow and 35 mph winds.

“It’s hard to believe a blizzard in north Mississippi, but the conditions are right,” said meteorologist John Moore III.

He said rain will switch to snow late Thursday night, with snow falling most of Friday. Four to 6 inches is expected with larger amounts in isolated areas, he said.

Moore said the snow would end late Friday, but “continue to hang around most of the weekend,” since temperatures are expected to remain below freezing Saturday. On Sunday, the temperature will go above 32 degrees, melting most of the snow, he said.

The Mississippi Highway patrol is warning the public to stay off the highways if possible.

“The weather is going to be bad and everyone should stay home if possible,” said Sgt. Joey Miller. He said all days off have been canceled in his area to put more troopers on the road.

“Our captain in Troop E has placed officers on 12-hour shifts beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday and continuing until further notice,” Miller said.

He said drivers should be prepared for the worst if they get out on the highways, bringing blankets and fully charged cellphones.

“The most important thing is for those traveling to know where they are at all times. So, if they need help, troopers can find you,” Miller said.

The rush is on to stock up on food.

Angela McCluskey, manager of the Piggly Wiggly store in Water Valley, said customers have been coming in Thursday buying milk, bread and water.

“We expect to be busy most of the day, especially after people get off work,” McCluskey said.

“The store is stocked and we are ready,” she said.

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