January 10, 2011 7:35:00 AM
Hazardous driving conditions were being reported in parts of north Mississippi early Monday after a storm system moved through the state Sunday and into eastern parts of the country overnight.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation reported state and federal highways in Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, Itawamba, Lee, Union, Pontotoc, Chickasaw, Clay, Monroe, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Choctaw, Webster, and Winston counties had accumulations of snow and ice with some locations getting more than 8 inches.
MDOT said crews were out but the widespread nature of the conditions means many of these routes may remain hazardous through Tuesday.
Roadways generally south of U.S. Highway 82 were reporting some icy spots. MDOT said roads along Interstate 20 and southward were clear but icy spots were being reported on bridges.
At 5:30 a.m., the National Weather Service had issued a winter weather advisory for north Mississippi until noon Tuesday.
Forecasters said there was a chance of light freezing drizzle and snow flurries on Monday and Monday night. Patchy snow and drizzle were expected early Tuesday as the cold temperatures lingered.
A winter weather advisory for central Mississippi was expected to end at noon Monday as temperatures climbed into the mid and upper 30s.
The winter weather warning for north Mississippi was canceled Monday.
Forecasters said winter storm system that left behind snow in north Mississippi had ended but continued wet conditions would make driving conditions hazardous.
The weather service said snow amounts ranged from more than 5 inches in and Oxford to around 3 inches in Starkville.
Many schools and government offices in central and north Mississippi were closed Monday.
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