At 530 PM… National Weather Service radar indicated a large area of
light to moderate freezing rain… mixed with sleet… across
Mississippi along and southeast of the Natchez Trace Parkway. The
precipitation was moving slowly northeast.
Numerous traffic accidents have been reported across the area this
evening as bridges and overpasses have become ice covered. The
Mississippi River bridge at Natchez is iced over… many bridges and
flyovers in the Jackson Metro area are iced… and numerous bridges
across eastern Mississippi including interstates and US highways are
icy. Conditions will only deteriorate further this evening with
sunset and temperatures in the upper 20s. People should avoid travel
if possible… and exercise extreme caution if you have to travel.
Additional wintry precipitation continued to gradually develop over
Louisiana… southeast Texas… and the northern Gulf of Mexico this
evening. This precipitation will overspread the area tonight
resulting in more widespread and heavier wintry precipitation.
Temperatures are expected to begin to warm from the southeast later
tonight… resulting in improving conditions in the Interstate 59
corridor after midnight.