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Snow pelts Mississippi as temperatures plunge in South

Light snow fell in Mississippi as lingering precipitation mixed with cold temperatures to send the Deep South into the freezer.

After days of heavy rain and storms along a cold front, flurries left a thin layer of snow atop vehicles in western Mississippi early Wednesday. A Mississippi River bridge turned white in Greenville.

Low temperatures dropped into the 20s, and forecasters say the chilly weather will spread.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for Louisiana through western Alabama as far south as the Gulf Coast from Wednesday night into Thursday. Forecasters say temperatures could drop into the upper 20s.

A flash flood watch remained in effect for north Georgia and the Carolinas, which forecaster say could get another 3 inches of rain.