What’s next for weather in South Mississippi? A roller coaster ride

After South Mississippians breathed a cold sigh of relief Saturday morning when they were spared severe wintery conditions, a Harrison County official said residents can expect weather to be like “a roller coaster ride” from Sunday to Wednesday.

As rain fell and temperatures dropped Friday, warnings and advisories were regularly updated by weather and emergency-preparedness personnel.

Then Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said in a weather briefing at 10 p.m. Friday the precipitation had moved east of South Mississippi.

“One of the good things about the wind advisory is that it evaporated a lot of the water,” Lacy said. “But we did have some ice accumulate, even on Highway 90.”

Lacy said power was out in some areas of D’Iberville for about four hours.

Other areas hit hard by ice and snow

Though there was no major ice or snow accumulations along the Coast, the rest of the state did not fare as well.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation said Saturday many roads in central Mississippi were still unsafe for driving.

In addition to unsafe roads in Jackson, the SR 44 bridge over the Pearl River in Marion County was closed, as was U.S. 61 from Vicksburg Airport Road to the Warren County and Claiborne County lines.

Ice was reported on roads and bridges in 47 counties in Mississippi, MDOT said.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to 134 crashes and almost 300 calls for assistance because of Friday and Saturday’s hazardous weather.

What’s on tap for Sunday

Sunday morning will be chilly, too, Lacy said, but temperatures will start warming up gradually.

New Orleans–based National Weather Service meteorologist Gavin Phillips said highs Sunday should reach the 40s.

Lacy said South Mississippi should prepare for above-average temperatures by Wednesday. It’ll rain, and the high should reach about 70 degrees.

“It’s kind of like one of these roller coaster rides,” he said.

Sun Herald digital producer Justin Mitchell contributed to this report.