With harsh winter conditions settling in, the National Weather Service is tracking a couple of potential winter storms for the Mid-South in the coming week.

Currently, speculation is focused on Monday and the potential for accumulating snow and ice.

It’s going to be a period of “prolonged cold,” said Meteorologist Jim Belles with the NWS Memphis Forecast Office, “and we’re looking at a major winter storm moving in Sunday night into Monday, which could bring a variety of weather impacts due to sleet, freezing rain and snow, and we’re looking at significant accumulations.”

Still being several days out from the event, he would not hazard a guess on accumulation amounts, which could vary significantly if it is more of a snow event as opposed to sleet or freezing rain. Forecasts from other sources are mixed: As of Friday afternoon, The Weather Channel forecast for Corinth calls for a snow and ice accumulation of 3 to 5 inches on Monday, while AccuWeather calls for “snow, sleet and freezing rain with little or no accumulation.”

Belles said the forecast is suggesting more of a mix than a snow event for the Corinth area. A Winter Storm Watch issued Friday afternoon said Northeast Mississippi may see a mixture of freezing rain and sleet.

The area could also see some light freezing rain or drizzle during the day on Sunday.

With cold taking hold, a prolonged period of travel hazards will be possible.

“This isn’t going away very quickly,” said Belles.

The weather service is also advising caution with heat sources. Monday night will be the coldest point in the forecast, with a low predicted around 13 as of Friday afternoon. Wind chills may be in the single digits.

The week’s second possible storm appears to be on track to hit the area late Wednesday into Thursday with another mixture of wintry precipitation.

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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