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Snow blankets the Crossroads
by Zack Steen
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The driver of a Chevy Tahoe had minor inquires after he lost control of his vehicle on U.S. Highway 72. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in front of Sam’s Gun Shop near Salem Road. The Corinth Police Department responded to more than a dozen accidents due to icy road conditions. / Staff photo by Reece Terry
The driver of a Chevy Tahoe had minor inquires after he lost control of his vehicle on U.S. Highway 72. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in front of Sam’s Gun Shop near Salem Road. The Corinth Police Department responded to more than a dozen accidents due to icy road conditions. / Staff photo by Reece Terry
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Alcorn County residents woke up to an unexpected winter wonderland Tuesday.

The National Weather Service had originally forecasted the winter weather would hit the area this week, but late Monday canceled all watches and warnings for the Crossroads area, stating the snow and ice would have an impact on areas further south.

Sometime after midnight early Tuesday, a band of frozen precipitation moved in just below the state line dumping snow and ice on much of the area.

West Tennessee residents saw very little if any of the white stuff, while downtown Corinth residents measured two inches of snow and Prentiss County residents reported less than a half of inch.

The sight of snow was eerie to some local residents who remember the major ice storm of 1994 that hit the area 20 years ago this week.

Round two of winter weather was forecasted to begin after 9 p.m. Tuesday night with an additional two to four inches of snow expected to fall.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. tonight for all of North Mississippi and West Tennessee. The NWS said the storm could produce a significant amount of snow making travel dangerous.

Today's forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of snow with a high of 36. Tonight the area will see a 20 percent chance of snow before midnight with a low of 21.

After Wednesday, moderating temperatures should melt any remaining ice, with forecasts of low to mid 50s through Saturday.

Corinth School District and Alcorn School District canceled classes Tuesday.

Corinth High School freshman Angelly Sauceda, 15, said she was surprised about the news.

“I can’t believe we actually have a snow day,” said Sauceda as she helped her cousin Cornelia Dehoyos, 7, build a snowman at their South Parkway home. “This is my first real snowman I’ve ever built. Every time it snows enough around here, we always have school.”

Classes were also canceled at Tishomingo, Tippah and Prentiss county schools, as well as Booneville city schools. Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville and Corinth and Blue Mountain College also took a snow day.

The University of North Alabama in Florence canceled classes today.

Slippery roads and bridges were being reported across much of North Mississippi Tuesday morning. The Mississippi Department of Transportation issued advisories for all roadways in Alcorn and Tishomingo counties due to the icy conditions.

The Corinth Police Department recommended motorists only travel if necessary through Thursday as they anticipated a possible second round of snow and refreezing overnight might cause trouble.

“We really wish people would stay home if they don’t have to get out,” said Police Chief David Lancaster. “The more people on the roadways, the more chance we have of someone getting seriously hurt.”

The CPD generated seven accident reports, but responded to over a dozen other minor accidents during the morning hours on Tuesday.

Alcorn County Director of Emergency Services Ricky Gibens said roads were iced over early morning, but by noon the spots had dried up.

“We’ve had a handful of reports of people sliding off of roads into ditches and a few street signs being plowed over,” Gibens said. “The supervisors were out about 5 a.m. this morning spreading salt, and I think that really helped us from having any major accidents.”

Many Corinth retail businesses and restaurants were closed Tuesday due to the wintery weather.

State offices were closed, along with Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Crossroads Museum, the Alcorn Welcome Center and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.

Renasant Bank on Harper Road braved the elements to open for their customers.

Bank management called in U.S. Lawns out of New Albany to grade and salt the parking lot.

“We have been busy this morning,” said Chris Bowen as he spread salt on the parking lot surface, using a hand spreader. “We have had calls from all over today of people needing driveways and parking lots cleared.”

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of the winter storm. The declaration cleared the way for state officials to move quickly to respond to problems that could be created by snow or ice.

(Staff writer Kimberly Shelton and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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