OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) - Fast falling freezing rain and ice produced all sorts of challenges in North Mississippi.
DeSoto County Sheriff's Department responded to nearly 30 weather-related emergencies as of 4 p.m. Monday. Roads are expected to get worse as the slush refreezes Monday evening.
Dee Carpenter got to work long before the wind started blowing, but weather caused several accidents around the state.
"The strategy, keep both hands on the wheel, keep my phone in my pocket," Carpenter said.
At nearby Drury Inn, George Chandler was part of a tour group from Ontario.
"Back in Canada in the winter time, we drive in this stuff all the time," Chandler said. "It's the people that aren't used to it...That's when you need to be a little bit more concerned, because they might not be slowing down as quickly as they should."
Road managers scraped ice off of the roads and put down several solutions to give driver's more grip. But melting water could refreeze and turn Goodman Road back into sheet of ice on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, crews are working to restore power to some people in a few North Mississippi counties.
Northcentral Electric Power Association crews are working to restore outages impacting about customers south of Byhalia and in Olive Branch. NorthcentralEPA customers should report outages to the call center at 1-866-438-2642, and follow NorthcentralEPA on Facebook and @NorthcentralEPA on Twitter for updates on restoration.
Entergy is also reporting outages in Tate, Panola, Quitman, and Coahoma counties. More than 1,000 customers are without power in Tate, more than 500 in Panola, less than 50 in Quitman, and nearly 400 in Coahoma. If you see downed or dangling power lines, poles, or other damaged equipment, call 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243).
There are no reported outages in Horn Lake or Southaven.