Mississippi Power is preparing for the possibility of wintry weather across parts of the service territory during the next few days, as company officials closely monitor any potential impact from days of below-normal temperatures.
According to the National Weather Service in Slidell, La., a cold, light rain across most of Mississippi is in the forecast through Friday, with “indications of some snow flurries on the very back edge of the exiting precipitation as the cold air pushes south overnight Thursday and Friday morning.”
In northern areas of the service territory, the forecast calls for low temperatures in the 20s Friday through Sunday.
“The forecast is challenging,” said Jason Plummer, systems analyst. “If the advancing cold air meets up with the back end of the exiting rain, there could be a few snow flurries in the northern stretches of our forecast area. This isn’t the typical way we get winter precipitation. The models are not in agreement with this situation. As of now, we could see some flurries, but the ground is too warm for any major accumulation, except in some grassy areas.”
Plummer added that locations most likely to see freezing temperatures one or multiple mornings are mainly along and north of the I-10/I-12 corridor.
“At this time, there’s no indication of accumulation of ice that would cause issues to our system,” said Scott Cashwell, engineering services manager. “We are continuing to monitor the situation and will adjust plans as needed.”
Mississippi Power recommends following these cold weather energy efficiency tips during this cold spell.
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