The much-anticipated snowflakes finally came for several hours Wednesday evening, compounding the travel challenges left by a sleet storm but adding another layer of fun for young sledders who have taken over many residential streets.

A second, lighter round of snow came during the day on Thursday.

It was generally a 3- to 4-inch snowfall across the Crossroads area, according to actual readings and estimates from the National Weather Service Memphis Forecast Office. The western half of Alcorn County received more snowfall than the east side, and an area north of Walnut fell into the 4- to 6-inch bracket, reflecting the larger accumulations heading west toward Memphis.

In Alcorn County, MSU Extension Service County Director Patrick Poindexter took a 3.75-inch reading at his home in Glen.

Many people continued to stay indoors as the second winter storm moved through just two days after the last one amid forbiddingly cold temperatures. In the First District, Supervisor Lowell Hinton said he was not aware of any bad accidents that had occurred – just a few cases of cars sliding into ditches.

“The biggest problem we have is the sleet that came first has formed a solid sheet of ice right next to the ground, and the snow has fell on top of it,” he said. “If we move the snow, we’ve got a solid sheet of ice. It’s easier to drive on the snow than what’s under the snow.”

His workers have sanded intersections and some of the uphill spots, he said.

Hinton said it has been one of the worst messes he has had to deal with since becoming a supervisor.

In the city, Public Works Director Clayton Mills had workers on South Harper Road clearing in the area of the justice center Thursday afternoon. With the temperature rising to 30 on Thursday, he said a bit of melting was evident. He was concerned that would make the street conditions more dangerous today. Re-freezing will also be a concern tonight with temperatures dropping into the mid-teens.

“Roads are probably going to be very slick,” he said.

The crews will continue to be out working, said Mills.

Mail delivery was again suspended on Thursday because of the snowfall.

The meeting of the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen which had been rescheduled to this morning is now moved to 10 a.m. Monday.

City trash collection is set to resume on Monday at the regular times, said Mills. In the county, Waste Connections also suspended trash pickup this week and will resume the normal schedule on Monday.

After a memorable week in the deep freeze, the high temperature will approach 60 by Tuesday.

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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