Cold weather shelter opens Wednesday evening; snow, sleet possible
Jan 16, 2013, 16:46
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SLIDELL HAS SENT OUT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SLEET AND SNOW.
There is a slight chance of light rain mixed with light snow or flurries, or a changeover of light rain to light snow or flurries, from around midnight to 6 am across southwest and south central Mississippi, and the adjacent southeast Louisiana parishes near the state line. Many media/news weather sources are showing models that are painting snow across much of the Gulf coast tonight and Thursday morning. The greatest risk area for measurable snow will near and just east of an upper level storm system that is expected to be over northwest Louisiana at midnight tonight and between Natchez and Jackson, Miss. at 6 am Thursday. In our area of responsibility, the probability of measurable snowfall is 20%, and the probability of accumulating snowfall at ground level is even lower due to relatively warm ground temperatures.
There is a slightly higher risk that temperatures will drop to near freezing between 3 and 8 am tonight/Thursday morning across inland south Mississippi and adjacent areas of southeast Louisiana from north of metro Baton Rouge to near McComb and Tylertown, Miss. Elevated road surfaces in these areas may develop a few slick/icy spots Areas to the south should remain above freezing and have a near zero chance of ice developing on bridges and overpasses, even through a few snow flurries cannot be ruled out. Summary follows:
What: Slight chance (20%) of light snow or flurries.
Where: Along and north of a line from New Roads to Kentwood, LA to Tylertown, MS.
When: Starting in far western areas of southwest MS after 9 pm, but main threat time will be between midnight and 6 am Thursday.
Impacts: Very Low, however, monitor surface temperatures and any standing water on bridges and overpasses late tonight and early Thursday morning.
A few snow flurries cannot be ruled out in metro Baton Rouge, the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, and along the Mississippi Gulf coast, however no impacts are expected.
A COLD WEATHER SHELTER WILL BE OPENED TONIGHT AT THE OLD SPANISH TRAIL BAPTIST CHURCH.