EDITOR'S NOTE: On Friday, it was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of the way this winter blast affected folks in Tupelo. WTVA's Mike Russell spent much of the day in the frigid temps, working his way around town -- and filed this report.
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - "Mixed Bag" is a perfect way to describe Friday's weather. Snow started coming down a little more forcefully on West Main in Tupelo about midday -- and as you might expect the cold generally either kept people off the roads altogether...or safe and warm in their cars.
People generally get out in greater numbers on a Friday. But that wasn't really the case because of the cold and the wind and the snow. The white stuff fluttered down -- and though it didn't really accumulate all that much, it and the wind and the chill had a definite effect on drivers. I noticed a couple of ladies duck into a gas station -- they apparently had a sudden need for windshield wipers because of the snow.
"[The snow] is something we don't often have," said Angela Ezell. "But the ice, we could do without that. But hey, it's Mother Nature, we have no control over that."
At Starbucks, where you can normally duck in and get a piping hot cup of coffee on a cold day, not so today!
Mike Russell: "So you came in for hot coffee and you're not going to get it
Melodi McCamey: "That's true."
Mike Russell: "What do you think about the snow and the cold weather?
Melodi McCamey: "Well, I wish it wasn't so cold, but I really hope it snows and it sticks."
Mike Russell: "So you can't get a cup of hot coffee!"
Alexia Smith: "Yeah, I'm a little disappointed about it - it's not even sticking that much!"
And not far away, not a whole of oil getting changed on a day like this...
Mike Russell: "Tell me. What do you think about this weather?"
Brian Hatchett: "I could live without it. It's pretty cold!"
And as you might expect looking around at all the construction sites around town, not much getting accomplished there either on a day like this.
I spoke to Lee County EMA director Lee Bowdry, who told me that things had generally gone pretty smooth all day long. He said some bridges had frozen over, especially in the northern end of Lee County. He advised drivers to be careful on every bridge. He also said to be prepared for black ice in the morning if you're out and about.