By Catherine Boone
Forecasters say the frozen precipitation that arrived this morning has the potential to accumulate up to 6 inches of snow through this afternoon and tonight.
“We anticipate anywhere from 3 to 6 inches today, maybe even higher amounts in some locations,” National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Maye said.
The snow is expected to fall until sunset tonight.
Even though the snow may have to accumulate before the roads become hazardous, Lafayette County Emergency Management Representative David Shaw said residents should still be careful when driving through the wintry weather.
“We need to take precautions throughout the storm,” Shaw said.
“If you’re not used to driving in snow, it would be best to stay at home and be prepared to stay there for at least today, this afternoon and tonight, and possibly first part of tomorrow,” Shaw said.
Lafayette County and Oxford city school districts and the University of Mississippi have canceled classes to ensure faculty, staff and students stay safe throughout the winter storm. The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library is also closed today.
Even though forecasters predict the snow will end around sunset today, Shaw warned that the area may not be through with the effects of the inclement weather.
“It’s very possible that if we get enough snow today and it gets slushy tonight and refreezes, it might cause even more issues for going to work in the morning and that is something we are considering,” Shaw said. “But we have been talking about it for a couple of days now and the county road department is ready to use whatever equipment they can to make sure we can move around.”
The Oxford School District intends to update faculty, students and parents about the weather conditions by 6 this evening.
Jerry Haynie, Lafayette County Road Department Manager, said his department has been prepared for bad weather for two weeks.
“We’ve been out preparing the roads early in the morning for a couple of weeks,” he said. “We stay in close contact with David Shaw.”
Haynie said he is ready for today’s snow.
“We’re ready today,” he said Tuesday. “We’ve been trying to stay on top of it.”
Maye said cold temperatures of 26 degrees tonight will warm up to around 41 degrees Thursday, and that the area should be clear of additional wintry weather through early next week. Temperatures next week will be in the 50- to 60-degree range.
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