Updated Dec. 6 at 2:19 p.m.
Emergency Services director Jimmy Allgood released the following update concerning the weather conditions in Oxford and Lafayette County:
Event #1 (Today)
No change with the exception of timing. The freezing rain is expected to start around midafternoon (3:00 pm) and continue until about 9:00 pm.
Batesville is reporting sleet and freezing rain at this time.
1/10 to ¼ inch of freezing rain accumulation possible on elevated structures
Winds of 15 to 20 mph sustained with 25 mph gusts
Wind chill temps in the teens
Event #2 (Sat. Eve.)
1/10 to ¼ inch of additional freezing rain
Winds 15 to 20 mph
Freezing rain will be switching to cold rain by Sunday morning
Roadways may be impacted more severely than in event #1
Travel to Jackson on the I55 corridor may be impacted by heavy rain and light freezing rain Saturday eve.
Freezing rain is expected to extend as far south as Yazoo City, but stop short of the Jackson Metro Area and that portion of the state may experience some flooding due to the rainfall amounts expected.
Weather Conditions Force Drivers License Station Closures
Worsening weather conditions in the northwestern portions of Mississippi have necessitated the closure of all driver’s license stations in northwest Mississippi. Meanwhile, all DL stations in the New Albany and Greenwood districts remain open, pending deteriorating winter weather conditions. Additionally, motorists who need to renew their driver’s license may do so over the internet at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s website, http://www.dps.state.ms.us/.