N. Mississippi schools prepare for threat of winter weather

N. Mississippi schools prepare for threat of winter weather

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - North Mississippi is preparing for more winter weather, which could lead to school closures again on Wednesday.

Parents like Sonya Holmes say dismissing students because of snow and ice in the middle of the day is a headache. That's what happened Monday in DeSoto County.

"When they do that, the parent would go to work and then in the middle of the day, you're going to get called out from wherever you are to come and have to pick the children up," Holmes said.

School transportation director John Caldwell says Wednesday's winter weather isn't expected to start until after 6 a.m. He says students should expect to go to class, but depending on the weather, they could come home in the name of safety.

"The biggest concern that I've seen so far is in the afternoon and so we're watching that really close," Caldwell explained. "Can we get them to school? Can we get them home?"

Caldwell says they will be watching the forecasts to see how long it will take the snow and ice to reach DeSoto County. Timing is critical because it takes at least 2 1/2 hours to make sure 33,000 students get home safely.

"It takes us a little while to mobilize bus drivers and get the buses out and get them to the schools and get them home," Caldwell added.

Click here to see a full list of closings for Wednesday.

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