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Event Heavy Snow
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area RANKIN
WFO JAN
Report Source Emergency Manager
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-12-11 06:35:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-12-11 19:45:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 15.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A rare early December heavy snow event unfolded across the south starting late on the 10th and really ramping up on the 11th. An upper level low deepened across the northern gulf and produced a swath of snow from southeast Texas, Louisiana, and into Mississippi. This was an unusual snow because temperatures ranged from 32 to 35 degrees where the snow fell. The upper low provided its own cold air and that was enough to allow rain to change to snow, especially where precipitation was heavy. Snowfall amounts ranged from a trace to 9 inches across our service area. The heaviest snow fell within an axis from McComb to Morton Mississippi. Areas that did receive more than 2 or 3 inches had trees and power lines down from the weight of the snow which resulted in many power outages. Roads were slick as well because of the fast accumulation and slushy conditions. Numerous accidents occurred from the hazardous road conditions.
Event Narrative Sleet began just after 630am across extreme southern portions of the county and by 730 most of the county had started seeing a rain/sleet/snow mix. Around 945 moderate snow began to fall over with totals quickly approaching 2 inches around 10. By 11 numerous locations across the southern half of the county were reporting up to 3 inches of snow. At the same time extreme northwestern portions of the county began to change back over to a snow/sleet mix with all winter precipitation coming to an end over the airport shortly after 12pm. By this time numerous traffic accidents had occurred due to sleet and snow piling up on the roads. Also a few large tree branches and powerlines came down. Moderate to heavy snow continued to fall across the south with winter precipitation finally coming to an end around 2pm. Total accumulations ranged from just over half an inch of just sleet in the northwest to as around 3 inches near the Brandon area with as much as 5 inches in the communities of Florence and Star.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 170.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 05:33 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARION (ZONE) MARION (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 05:40 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 05:42 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAMAR (ZONE) LAMAR (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 05:45 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LINCOLN (ZONE) LINCOLN (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 05:50 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
COVINGTON (ZONE) COVINGTON (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 05:55 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JONES (ZONE) JONES (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 05:57 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FORREST (ZONE) FORREST (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:04 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JASPER (ZONE) JASPER (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:15 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COPIAH (ZONE) COPIAH (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:25 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
LAWRENCE (ZONE) LAWRENCE (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:25 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
SIMPSON (ZONE) SIMPSON (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:25 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE) JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:35 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
RANKIN (ZONE) RANKIN (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:35 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
SMITH (ZONE) SMITH (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 06:45 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTT (ZONE) SCOTT (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 07:15 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
LEAKE (ZONE) LEAKE (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 07:37 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEWTON (ZONE) NEWTON (ZONE) MS 12/11/2008 08:45 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 170.00K 0.00K