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Area roads remain icy in spots; electric companies lift critical energy alert

UPDATE:

Southern Pine, Magnolia Electric Power and Southwest Electric have all reported that the critical energy shortage of electricity due to the freezing temperatures has stabilized.

 

Roads in Southwest Mississippi remain icy in spots but most roads are clearing as temperatures warm.

Ice will remain a problem for much of Wednesday, as temps will struggle to get above freezing. Southwest Mississippi saw temperatures drop to 10 degrees or lower, with wind chills in the single digits Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Several traffic accidents were reported in the area Tuesday. The Highway Patrol responded to a multi-car pileup on Hwy. 550 at Weeks Lane Tuesday, as well as several accidents on I-55. Troopers also received calls about accidents on Hwy. 51 in Bogue Chitto.

They advised motorists to stay off roads until the ice was gone.

Magnolia Electric is experiencing a critical shortage of electricity due to demands placed on the system due to low temperatures.

“Magnolia Electric is experiencing a critical shortage of electricity. All of our members are asked to reduce their electricity use until further notice. Please turn off all non-essential lighting, appliances, and electronics,” the association wrote on Facebook.  “The extremely low temperatures are placing a strain on the electrical system and it is necessary due to the limited availability of electricity from our generation source for our members to voluntarily turn off any excessive electricity at their homes or businesses.

“You can help by lowering your home’s thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. Also, you can reduce your use of water heaters, electric ovens, washing machines, and dryers. Anything using electricity that is not a necessity at this time, please turn it off.”

Southern Pine, Magnolia Electric and Southwest Electric earlier Wednesday were experiencing a shortage of electricity due to increased usage from the low temperatures. Customers were asked to reduce their electricity use by lowering the thermostat and turning off lighting, appliances and electronics.

Several businesses in the area will remain closed Wednesday, and schools are closed as well. The Lincoln County Government Complex is closed Wednesday.