- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in preparation for severe weather predicted to hit parts of Mississippi.

Northern portions of the state could see winter weather conditions, including ice and freezing rain. Additional portions of the state could see heavy rains and thunderstorms, which could cause flooding.

The National Weather Service says the forecast for Coahoma, Desoto and Tunica counties calls for up to four-tenths an inch of ice and up to two-tenths an inch of sleet. In Benton, Marshall, Panola, Tate, Tallahatchie and Quitman counties experts say residents could see up to two-tenths an inch of ice and sleet.

Bryant’s office said Tuesday’s declaration is an administrative tool that allows state officials to position and deploy resources to assist areas that are impacted by an emergency.

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