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State of emergency issued in MS

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JACKSON, MS (WMC) -

The Mississippi governor issued a state of emergency ahead of the winter storm expected to move through the Mid-South. It is expected to affect parts of North Mississippi late Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.

The state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources in order to help when it comes to storm response efforts.

“I have declared a state of emergency so the state can be in position to respond as quickly as possible should weather conditions become dangerous,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said. “People should not be complacent given the very warm temperatures we are seeing today. The weather will deteriorate rapidly tonight, and everyone needs to have a plan. Residents should not overreact but should take time now to make proper preparations for potential icy conditions.”

The Mississippi governor issued a state of emergency ahead of the winter storm expected to move through the Mid-South. It is expected to affect parts of North Mississippi late Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.

The state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources in order to help when it comes to storm response efforts.

“I have declared a state of emergency so the state can be in position to respond as quickly as possible should weather conditions become dangerous,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said. “People should not be complacent given the very warm temperatures we are seeing today. The weather will deteriorate rapidly tonight, and everyone needs to have a plan. Residents should not overreact but should take time now to make proper preparations for potential icy conditions.”

By Wednesday night, roads were very slick in DeSoto County. Sheriff's deputies urged drivers to take it easy, particularly on overpasses and bridges.

A bridge on Craft Road in Olive Branch completely iced over.

Many drivers say their safety is most important.

"I'm careful, very careful," said driver Leif Asgeirsson. "It's the same anywhere where there is ice, just slow down and if you feel it being slippery, let off on the gas a little, and be very careful."

"Both hands on the wheel, phone in the pocket," advised driver Dee Carpenter. "Paying attention to the people around me. Hit the breaks too hard, you might slide."

Deputies are also reporting that power lines fell on Nail Road near Poplar Corner Road and Honeysuckle Lane. They have shut down this section of Nail Road until the area is clear.

Power outages and slick roads are likely with ice accumulations that could reach up to 1/4 of an inch, according to National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning was issued for the area.

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