County leaders on weather alert
by Courtney Warren
Feb 11, 2014 | 2148 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On the 20th anniversary of the Ice Storm of 1994, Bolivar Countians find themselves looking to the sky as wintery weather sets to move into the area.

According to Bill Quinton, EMA director, "We are under a winter weather warning until 6 p.m., Tuesday evening. There is a possibility of ice build up on the roads of .10 to .25 of an inch and possibly half to one inch of snow. This should occur after midnight tonight into before dawn on Tuesday morning.

"We expect slick roadways especially around bridges and overpasses. Also, possible black ice situations in shady areas of roadways.

“It doesn’t appear at this time that we will have accumulation of ice build up on telephone lines that could cause extensive power outages, but possible short-term power outages are possible," said Quinton.

When asked about the current weather compared to the ice said what the county will experience is nothing like what happened years ago.

"There is no comparison. We might possibly after dark to early morning receive some rain but it's also going to depend on if the temperature is coming as anticipated. They don’t anticipate a build up of ice. People need to be cautious on roads because it definitely is going to freeze on bridges and overpasses. We're definitely going to have black ice. If you don’t need to be out don’t. Be cautious after dark," he added.

According to The Weather Channel, Bolivar County is under a winter storm advisory from Monday until Wednesday evening.

During Monday night into Tuesday is the likely period of significant accumulation of ice. A winter weather advisory means that there will be periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain.

The forecast for tonight is rain and freezing rain, possibly mixed with snow and sleet before midnight, then snow and sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Low around 26. North-northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Tuesday's forecast is snow and sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain, mainly before 10am. High near 31. North-northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday night is expected to have rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Low around 25. North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday's forecast is a chance of rain, snow, and freezing rain before noon, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Ray Bell, director of public works said his men are on standby and watching the pumping stations.

According to Delta State President Bill LaForge, a decision was to be made Monday afternoon as to whether or not the school would be closed and students would be alerted through the school OkraMail.

No local school districts had any plans to close as of press time.