Jones County officials advise residents to avoid driving

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County officials are urging residents to avoid driving Thursday night and Friday morning.

Jones County Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Don McKinnon said Thursday residents should complete preparations for the winter weather impacting Jones County and avoid unnecessary travel after 5 p.m. today.

"The National Weather Service is advising that the temperature may dip down as low as 28 degrees in Jones County," said McKinnon. " Expected rainfall combined with temperatures below freezing will cause icing issues on elevated structures including bridges, overpasses, trees and power lines."

He added, "Residents should conclude all travel by 5 p.m. today and not travel overnight unless it is absolutely necessary. Conditions on roadways could be hazardous as a result of the ice.  In addition, should any power lines be felled by the ice, do not under any circumstances attempt to move them as they may still be energized. Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing by mid-morning on Friday which will help alleviate any icing issues we face."

A decision on school closings for Friday will be made following a 4:30 p.m. National Weather Service web-based briefing at the Jones County Emergency Operations Center. Additional information will be relayed by the Jones County EMA as it is made available by the National Weather Service. Law enforcement and fire department personnel across Jones County are monitoring conditions and reporting findings back to the Jones County Emergency Operations Center.