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Roads becoming slippery across north Mississippi

Forecasters said a winter storm watch remains in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday in Tippah, Alcorn, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Union, Pontotoc, Lee, Itawamba, Calhoun, Chickasaw and Monroe counties.

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2/11/2014

TUPELO, Miss. — Areas of northeast Mississippi could see as much as 4 inches of snow as a second wintry system moves into the state Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters said a winter storm watch remains in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday in Tippah, Alcorn, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Union, Pontotoc, Lee, Itawamba, Calhoun, Chickasaw and Monroe counties.

Accumulations will range from two inches to four inches with ice accumulations of less than one-tenth of an inch, the weather service said.

It also issued a storm warning for central Mississippi that could bring 1 to 2 inches of snow and ice accumulations up to 0.75 inches. The warning was in effect until midday Wednesday.

Freezing rain with some ice accumulations are expected to affect roads in 30 central Mississippi counties into Wednesday morning, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Those counties are Attala, Bolivar, Carroll, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clay, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Newton, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Rankin, Scott, Sunflower, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winston and Yazoo.

Slippery roads and bridges are being reported across much of the northern part of the state.

State transportation officials said crews are monitoring interstates and highways, and motorists are encouraged to stay off roadways affected by winter weather.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of the winter storm.

The declaration cleared the way for state officials to move quickly to respond to problems that could be created by snow or ice.

Dozens of wrecks had been reported in central and north Mississippi but there were no fatalities, according to the Highway Patrol.

Blue Mountain College and Mississippi State University canceled all classes and activities for Tuesday.

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