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State of emergency issued for N. Miss.

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(WMC-TV) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency for the possibility of significant ice accumulations in the northern half of Miss. It also covers severe thunderstorms or tornadoes that are predicted in central and southern Miss.

A state of emergency authorizes the use of additional state resources for the storm system.

Several N. Miss. counties are under a winter storm warning right now, including DeSoto Co., Marshall Co., Coahoma Co., Tate County., Tunica Co., and Union Co., to name a few. For a complete list of counties under a winter storm warning, click here: http://www.wmctv.com/weather 

Ice accumulation is expected in dozens of Mid-South counties. This could create hazardous driving conditions, especially on bridges and overpasses. This could also result in power outages.

Gov. Bryant has all emergency agencies on standby, including the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services, in an effort to take precautions ahead of the storm.

Additionally, utility workers from Birmingham, Ala. are on standby in Southaven, hunkering down in the event of power outages.

For now, residents living in the area are not sure what to think of the predicted ice storm .

"That's actually the first I've heard about it. I just know it's cold it was decent this morning and now it's cold," said Mississippi resident Matthew Vansandt.

Mississippi Emergency Management is asking residents to report any damage in the county to the emergency director. Mississippi residents may find more info here: http://www.msema.org/

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