NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's been a long night for Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards.
"It's been a lot of phone traffic," Sheriff Edwards said.
Phone traffic that began when he least expected it.
Calls began shortly after 6 a.m. and continued through 8:30 a.m.
"It got really slick about the time everybody was on their way to work," Sheriff Edwards added.
That is the same time Corporal Gary Gray hit the road in his cruiser.
"People started getting out trying to go to work-trying to maneuver around this morning and started encountering some real slippery conditions," Cpl. Gray said.
There is no snow day for him or for paramedics Leslie Clark and Shawn Robertson.
"In the rain, sleet or know, we gotta go. So, it's very challenging," Robertson said.
"Much rather be at home with my kids playing in the snow, but we have to work today and help the sick and injured," Clark said.
It's injury Steven Wilson hopes to avoid in Houston.
He and others have worked for hours to make sure roads and sidewalks are safe.
"We're out here braving the weather, clearing sidewalks and grating the roads, keeping folks from having injuries," Wilson said.
There are other needs out there which Tupelo bakery and restaurant owner Margarete Garner knows how to meet.
This native European doesn't let snow and ice get in the way of business.
"Where I'm from, it's really not a big deal and people have to eat. They want some hot soup," Garner said.