Associated Press - February 12, 2010 9:14 AM ET
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A rare, heavy snowfall in Mississippi has forced many schools and government offices to close and authorities warn of hazardous road conditions created by the weather.
Ariel Cohen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the winter storm system could drop as much as 3 to 5 inches across southern and central Mississippi and much of Louisiana on Friday. He said the road conditions are dangerous and people should avoid travel.
Gov. Haley Barbour on Friday ordered state offices south of U.S. 82 to close. The governor has declared a state of emergency and alerted the National Guard to be prepared to respond to situations created by the snow storm.
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