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Area schools closed today due to winter storm

While snow continues to fall early this morning, Lincoln County Emergency Management Director said he is recommending school closures today.

Galey said today following a 4 a.m. conference call with weather officials that he was recommending to school administrators in Lincoln County and Brookhaven school districts that they cancel classes.

Galey expects snowfall should continue through 10 a.m. to noon today, with up to six inches of snow accumulating in some places.

“It’s starting to stick. Bridges are being sanded. If you get on the road, be careful,” he said.

Lincoln County Superintendent Mickey Myers and Brookhaven Superintendent Ray Carlock both said this morning their schools would be closed today. The Copiah County School District is also cancelling classes for today, said Wesson Attendance Center Principal Marilyn Phillips. Brookhaven Academy will also not have classes due to the weather. Copiah-Lincoln Community College is also closed today.

Immediately after the conference call, Galey said he would not recommend closing schools but stick to a delayed start. However, within 30 minutes as the snow started to fall harder, he decided it would be better to keep school buses and motorists off the roads.

Meteorologists with National Weather Service in Jackson said a high temp of 41 degrees will cause the snow to disappear by midday. Melting snow can turn to ice later today as temperatures start to dip. Tonight’s low is forecast to be 24.

“Anything that still remains, that hasn’t melted away will very likely refreeze and will pose a hazard on the highways, particularly overpasses,” meteorologist Tony Hurt said Thursday night.

Southwest Mississippi remains under a winter storm warning until noon today.

Lincoln County can expect to see a high of 53 Saturday and 51 Sunday.

“Saturday looks to be a very nice day,” he said.

Temperatures will stay in the freeze zone through the weekend though, with a low of 27 Saturday and 30 Sunday.