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Mary Russell Smith enjoys a slippery ride down a frozen Main Street in downtown Corinth on Monday afternoon. She is the eight-year-daughter of Russell and Julia Smith. Two trained weather spotters in Corinth recorded between 2.5 inches to almost three inches of sleet feel in Corinth on Tuesday. See more photos on page 2.

Much of the Crossroads continued to be shut down on Tuesday as dangerous road conditions continue.

Bright sunshine did some melting on the 2.5- to 3-inch layer of sleet that covered the area, while another layer of wintry precipitation is possible today into Thursday.

About 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Police Chief Ralph Dance had spent an hour riding the streets and reported conditions were still serious but somewhat improved, with lanes beginning to clear up some on Highway 72 and Highway 45.

“This sunshine really helped a lot,” he said.

But the likelihood of overnight re-freezing was a concern, and he urged extreme caution for anyone who needs to get out.

“Use caution and drive slow,” said Dance. “Give yourself a lot more stopping distance. Don’t wait till you get right up to the stop sign to hit your brakes.”

He was not aware of any accidents that had been reported up to that point in the day. Many businesses remained closed in the city.

Public Works Director Clayton Mills said his department was working on clearing Alcorn Drive from the hospital to Highway 72 to help the ambulances. They were trying to clear it completely so there would be no moisture or slush left behind to refreeze overnight.

With the sunshine, he was concerned the melting could lead to some black ice on the streets Wednesday morning.

He said the streets are passable, but anyone getting out should use extreme caution.

In the county, Sheriff Ben Caldwell said it was quiet, as well, with a little more traffic moving about than there was on Monday. He encouraged people to stay indoors if at all possible.

The National Weather Service Memphis Forecast Office continues to track another significant storm moving into the Mid-South, with a wintry mix again possible as the temperatures struggle to inch above freezing during the daytime both Wednesday and Thursday. NWS upgraded the winter storm watch to a warning Tuesday afternoon. The warning runs through 6 p.m. Thursday.

The weather service is forecasting a possible 2- to 3-inch accumulation in the Corinth area Wednesday into Thursday.

Schools, etc.

• The Corinth School District will have virtual classes on Wednesday, and the Alcorn School District is going virtual Wednesday and Thursday. All on-campus activities are canceled in both districts until further notice.

• Corinth City Hall is closed Wednesday.

• Branches of the Northeast Regional Library are closed until further notice.

• Visitor facilities at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Shiloh Battlefield are closed Wednesday.

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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