The Crossroads area will want to keep an eye on round two.

While the ice storm impacts are expected to stop north and west of Corinth today, the passing front will bring a cold blast and a chance of snow and other frozen precipitation early in the coming week.

“Much colder air will filter into the region late this week into the weekend,” said Corey Chaskelson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Memphis Forecast Office. “A long-duration cold snap could keep most of the area below freezing well into next week.”

Wind chills will add bite to the cold Friday through Monday morning. The wind chill could be in the single digits, Chaskelson said.

The greatest impact of the ice storm today will be along and north of I-40, where power outages will be possible. Little or no ice accumulation is expected in the Corinth area, according to the weather service.

After a couple of unseasonably mild days this week, high temperatures are expected to be around 30 on Sunday and Monday, with lows in the mid-teens Saturday night and Sunday night.

With cold lingering at the start of the week, the next weather system moving through could bring some snow. On Wednesday afternoon, the weather service had a chance of snow showers, freezing rain and sleet posted for Monday and Monday night.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation said crews will work over the holiday weekend in preparation for the storm that appears to be taking shape for early next week. Salt, sand and asphalt slag piles will be ready for the highways if needed, the agency said.

MDOT reminds motorists that ice will form on bridges and overpasses sooner than on the road itself.

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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