Mid-Southerners woke up to a winter wonderland of sorts as a dusting of snow and ice blanketed the region early Friday.
Bone-chilling temperatures were expected to keep some of the slick stuff around on roads and bridges throughout the weekend, according to DeSoto County authorities.
"Even though there is a lot of ice and snow and slick roads out there, the wind chill factor concerns us," DeSoto County Emergency Management Agency Director Bobby Storey said Friday. "It's going to be in the teens. The salt and brine seem to be making the ice melt pretty good but road conditions are still treacherous."
Storey said local law enforcement and the Mississippi Highway Patrol have had their share of accidents on icy roads and interstates.
"An 18-wheeler overturned on the Tate County side of the interstate, just over the Coldwater Bridge, and the accident blocked traffic for a brief amount of time. We continue to see a few accidents on the interstate and we're also starting to see a few on the secondary roads," Storey said.
DeSoto County Sheriff's Deaprtment Chief Deputy Sheriff Macon Moore said his deputies were out early assisting motorists who either had accidents or had become stranded.
"We've been working a lot of wrecks and there have been a lot of cars off in the ditch," Moore said. "So far, there have been no reported serious injuries as a result of those accidents."
Area schools, colleges and universities, including Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi-DeSoto Center, as well as Delta Technical College, canceled classes on Friday.
DeSoto County Schools Director of Communications Katherine Nelson said Friday that the more than 34,000 school students will make up classes on Feb. 16 as a result of the snow and ice.
Road conditions were being monitored closely on a day-by-day basis, according to DeSoto County Road Manager Andy Swims.
Road crews were out early Friday morning shoveling sand and brine onto icy overpasses and bridges.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.