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Rain, ice sliding toward parts of Mississippi tonight

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A winter mix making its way toward Mississippi. Winter storm watches have been issued for the northern quarter of the Magnolia State. So, if you have friends or family who have plans to drive south for Tuesday's Mardi Gras fun, you may want them to leave now, rather than wait until the rain and ice coat north Mississippi roads.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare themselves and their homes for what's being called a dangerous winter weather system.

“Ice, snow and frigid temperatures can be killers,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “Ensure that your preparedness plan is in place now before the weather begins to deteriorate. Once the freezing rain and snow begins you should travel only in an emergency. It was 21 years ago this month that the northern third of our state experienced a major ice storm that resulted is disruption of power for days to thousands of Mississippians. While we do not expect this storm to be anything like the Ice Storm of 1994, our citizens have to be prepared.”

Ice accumulations could cause power outages and very dangerous driving conditions. Last February during icy weather the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and other emergency service officials reported more than 700 vehicle accidents. Many motorists became stranded on interstates and highways that became impassable.

Check the WLOX weather app for the latest on this wintry mix.

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