NWS upgrades to Winter Storm Warning for Pine Belt

NWS upgrades to Winter Storm Warning for Pine Belt

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning.

A Winter Storm Warning means a significant amount of snow, sleet, and ice are expected in those conditions could lead to hazardous travel conditions.

The warning includes the following Pine Belt counties:

  • Forrest
  • Lamar
  • Marion
  • Walthall
  • Greene
  • Wayne
  • Jones
  • Covington
  • Jeff Davis
  • Lawrence
  • Clarke
  • Jasper
  • Smith
  • Simpson

The National Weather Service says mainly rainy areas in Southeast Mississippi will convert over into a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow by Friday afternoon and into the early evening.

The weather service also states that up to a quarter inch of ice accumulation, along with snow and sleet accumulation of up to two inches will be possible.

The main impact of wintry accumulation will take place on roadways, especially bridges and overpasses.

This is a significant upgrade. Pine Belt residents need to take the warning seriously. Accumulation of ice, sleet and snow on power lines could possibly lead to power outages.

Any unnecessary travel should be halted immediately.

Some Pine Belt schools have announced early releases. Click here for that updating list.

About the WDAM First Alert Weather App: 

Take the same tools the WDAM First Alert Weather team uses with you anywhere you go. Download the WDAM First Alert Weather app today for real-time interactive radar, location-based severe weather alerts and a constantly updated forecast for wherever you are.

Plan your day with an hour-by-hour forecast tailored for home, work or anywhere on-the-go. Our WDAM First Alert Weather app can tell you if a storm near you has hail, strong winds or rotation.

Here are some more features of the WDAM First Alert Weather app:

  • Storm Tracks: See at a glance where a storm is and where it is headed
  • Multiple Alerts: Turn on alerts for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, tropical storms/hurricanes, winter storms and more
  • Live severe weather coverage: Watch our live stream for continuously updated information when severe weather strikes
  • Updated forecasts from the {weather team brand} forecast center
  • Weather pictures and video sent by people who live near you
  • A constantly updated 10-day forecast, so your weekend is always in view

The WDAM First Alert Weather App is free in the Android and Apple app stores, part of the WDAM First Alert commitment to help keep you safe.

Apple users can download the app here. Android users can download the app here.