“This weather is just awful,” chattered Ellen Maness of Glen, while she sipped a mocha latte from KC’s Espresso. “The wind will cut right through you.”
Sunday brought some rain and a bit of sleet before temperatures started to drop. Wind gusts topped 25 mph. Monday’s high temperature was 21 recorded at midnight, while the low temperature bottomed out at 11 according to the website, corinthweather.net.
“It’s cold, that’s for sure,” blustered Ricky Gibens, Alcorn County Director of Emergency Services. “Single digits are tough on everybody.”
Gibens said the county roads weren’t as bad as he thought. “Bridges had some patchy ice, but nothing major,” he said.
In the city, Corinth Street Commissioner Philip Verdung said salt treatment was applied to most bridges and hills around town just in case.
“Most of the frozen precipitation the area got was quickly dried up by the strong winds,” said Verdung.
The extreme cold weather kept Alcorn County schools from opening on Monday. McNairy County schools were closed Monday and Tuesday due to heating concerns, as well. Northeast Mississippi Community College campus’ in Booneville and Corinth were also canceled on Monday, while Tishomingo County schools were delayed two hours.
Residents were busy ensuring their vehicles were ready for the cold.
“We sold a ton of antifreeze and only have one pallet left,” one Autozone employee said.
Grocery store shelves were cleared of milk, bread and eggs as the hazardous weather approached the area.
“We ran out of some stuff Sunday night,” said Danny Wilbanks, general manager at Gardner’s Supermarket. “We actually carry extra items at this time of year, so when items run out in the store we can just get extra out of the warehouse.”
“People normally buy stuff they can eat if the power goes off," he said. “Canned goods also ran low.”
Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter Volunteer Director Charlotte Doehner and her husband Luke were spotted driving around the streets of Corinth searching for any less fortunate animals out braving the cold.
“We saw two locations where animals were outside,” said Doehner. “One person was very happy we stopped and reminded them of the effect cold has on animals, while the other person wasn’t so.”
Doehner noted people should treat animals how they would want to be treated.
The National Weather Service in Memphis forecasted today’s high to reach 25 with sunny skies. A Wind Child Advisory was in effect today until 6 a.m. Wednesday’s forecast calls for another day of sun with a high near 41. Wednesday night brings another chance for freezing rain and sleet. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. On Thursday, the chance of freezing rain continues though noon.
“Trucks are fueled and chainsaws are ready just in case this Wednesday/Thursday system brings anything major,” said Gibens. “During this time of the year, we are always ready for anything.”
(Staff Writer Kimberly Shelton contributed to this report.)