PHILLIPS-COAHOMA-QUITMAN-PANOLA-LAFAYETTE-UNION- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HELENA...CLARKSDALE...BATESVILLE... OXFORD...NEW ALBANY 316 PM CST FRI FEB 17 2006
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. A COMBINATION OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW WILL AFFECT THE AREA BEGINNING LATE THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY. THE PREDOMINATE PRECIPITATION TYPE TONIGHT WILL BE FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLY MIXING WITH SLEET TOWARD DAYBREAK. SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SLEET OR ICE ARE LIKELY WITH THIS EVENT. AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH OF ICE MAY ACCUMULATE ON TREES AND POWER LINES FOLLOWED BY UP TO AN INCH OF SLEET ON THE GROUND AND ROAD SURFACES. A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW... SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
Things could get nasty for us down here in the mid-south. That last really nasty ice storm we had through here about 10 or 12 years ago I woke up thinking there was a war going on outside but after taking a look out the window I realized that the sounds that had awakened me were not gun shots but limbs and branches, and whole entire trees, cracking from the weight of the ice covering them. I hope Mother Nature spares us that this go round even though it is beautiful to see. It's just not so nice when the power lines and poles also crack and break over and down.
We've had a couple of smaller ice storms since that powerful one during the 90's and I took a few photos then.
I realize that I probably sound a bit whiny and stuff about having some real winter weather but ya'll have to realize we're rather delicate down here and damn-near ignorant about how to handle winter weather and our road departments are almost completely helpless because the closest thing we have to snow equipment are a few bob trucks that'll hold a couple tons of sand.
Man, I hope the weather folks miss the call on this one.