JACKSON (AP) — Snow was falling over much of central Mississippi with 2 to 4 inches expected by midmorning Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
Meteorologist Daniel Lamb in Jackson said there were still multiple bands of snow moving across the state.
The back edge of the storm was to the east of the Mississippi River and basically to Alabama state line. There had been an accumulation of around 3 inches in the Jackson metro area with two inches northward through the Yazoo City and Grenada areas and to the east around Starkville an inch or so, Lamb said.
The last time central Mississippi got at least 2 inches of snow was in February of 2010 and areas north of Jackson had decent accumulations more recently. Areas of north Mississippi got some snow in November and December of 2011 with accumulations of less than 2 inches.
Gov. Phil Bryant was allowing state offices to remain closed until 10 a.m. Thursday. The Legislature was scheduled to meet.
Lamb said the snow would end from the west to east about midmorning Thursday in the Jackson area and by noon in the eastern Mississippi.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation continued to warn drivers of ice accumulations on Interstate 220 and Interstate 55 bridges in Hinds County and snow was reported on bridges and roads from the Delta to east Mississippi.
"MDOT personnel are monitoring the weather and will take necessary measures to keep Mississippi roadways safe," officials said in a news release. "Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and use extreme caution while traveling in these areas."
Areas in south Mississippi were expected to get more rain Thursday before a gradual clearing off.
Many schools systems in central Mississippi had delayed opening until 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. after the snow was expected to end.
Entergy Mississippi reported 1,856 customers without power early Thursday. Most of them — 1,173 — were in Hinds County and others scattered among Adams, Madison, Quitman, Sunflower, Warren, Washington and unspecified areas.
Lows Thursday night were expected to dip into the mid-20s, but Friday's high would be 50, Lamb said.