Snow brings DeSoto to crawl

Traffic along Airways and Goodman roads was slow going early Tuesday due to snow and ice.

DeSoto County was blanketed by between one-and-a-half inches of snow overnight to upward of three inches in some places, according to DeSoto County authorities.

"What I have witnessed driving across the county is that snowfall has ranged from one-and-a-half inches to three inches in some places," said DeSoto County Emergency Management Agency Chief Deputy Director Chris Olson on Tuesday. "It's kind of scattered. The heaviest snowfall that I've seen has been above Bridgetown and the Olive Branch area and as far south as Love."

Travel, while slow, continues unabated in Mississippi's fastest-growing county.

"Right now, we don't have any roads reported closed," Olson said. "We are having some issues with wrecks that tie up traffic and might close some roads temporarily. What we're fearful of is that the little bit of snow that might melt due to the sun coming out might turn that snow into ice and make roads slick. One lane on I-55 is open in each direction, not and southbound. That left lane is kind of scary. We urge that people use caution if they are out on roads and interstates and don't travel if you don't have to do so."

Frigid temperatures are preventing freshly-fallen snow from melting anytime soon.

"Tonight, it's going to get down to eight degrees and our wind chill will be in the minus-zero temperatures," Olson said. "The high today is going to be 20 degrees and the high tomorrow is only supposed to get up around 26. Tomorrow night (Wednesday night), it's supposed to get down to 13. We're not going to get any temperatures above freezing until sometime Thursday."

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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