Another week of weather variety is in store for the Mid-South.

Sunday night’s fluffy snowfall, which brought a long, unseasonably mild period to an end, might not be the only one this week, with another cool-down coming after temperatures top 50 on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service Memphis Forecast Office received unofficial reports of 2 inches of snowfall in the city Sunday night. The areas of greatest accumulation were generally from Alcorn and McNairy counties and to the east, with 1.5 to 2 inches in those counties and exceeding 2 inches east of the Tennessee River.

While the Mississippi Department of Transportation reported some bridge icing in Alcorn County, motorists didn’t have too much trouble.

“We didn’t have any problems last night with the weather,” said Sheriff Ben Caldwell. “I don’t think our office worked any wrecks.”

Many streets were dry early Monday while snow lingered on grassy areas.

“If we’re going to have a snow, this is the way to have it,” said First District Supervisor Lowell Hinton.

Memphis received only three-tenths of an inch of snowfall, but that was enough to tie its record for the date, previously set in 1977. Tupelo also received three-tenths of an inch, breaking its previous record of a trace of snowfall set in 1979.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 50s in Corinth on Wednesday under partly sunny skies before winter surfaces again with another punch of cold air. Thursday’s high will not get out of the 30s and will drop during the day, the weather service anticipates, while precipitation is likely as a trough moves out of the Plains and crosses the Mississippi River during the day.

“The potential is there for significant accumulations” of snow, the weather service said. “Friday will be very cold, featuring morning lows between 10 and 20 degrees and wind chills between 5 and 15 degrees. Any snow will certainly stick around.”

Temperatures will rebound to the 50s on the weekend with rain arriving Saturday and lingering into Sunday.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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