UPDATE: More winter weather expected Tuesday
Jan 27, 2014, 08:30
Hancock County is now officially under a Winter Storm Watch.
Officials at the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency said Sunday that the Mississippi Gulf Coast is expected to see more winter weather on Tuesday and Wednesday.
EMA Director Brian Adam said Sunday that another winter storm, stronger than last Friday's, is expected to hit the area sometime Tuesday.
In an update Monday morning, Adam said "a wintry mix of precipitation could begin as early as late Monday night ... with the heaviest precipitation expected Tuesday into Tuesday night.
Hancock County could be impacted by up to an inch of snow, along with sleet and freezing rain accumulations of a quarter-inch to a third-inch, Adam said.
"Travel conditions are expected to become difficult due to icy roads and bridges during the day on Tuesday," he said. "In areas where significant freezing rain occurs, sporadic power outages are possible."
Adam said residents should begin taking precautions in advance of the storm.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90 percent of sleet in Hancock County on Tuesday and a chance of snow showers late Tuesday and early morning. Temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-20s.
On Friday, icy conditions raised havoc on the highways of Hancock County. Dozens of accidents occurred, including a 47 vehicle crash at the state-line bridge on I-10. Mississippi officials reported that 27 of the vehicles were involved in the crash on the Mississippi side and 20 more were involved on the Louisiana side.
Icy conditions also closed many bridges and roads in the county until Saturday morning.
Adam said residents are urged to use exteme care when driving during winter weather systems.