- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Thirty-six of the state’s 82 counties are under a state of emergency declared by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to speed up response to a storm that’s expected to bring snow and ice to central and southern parts of the state starting early Tuesday.

The National Weather Service predicts ice accumulations up to three-quarters of an inch along the Gulf Coast; snow accumulations of up to 4 inches along the U.S. Highway 84 corridor; and up to an inch of snow along and south of the Interstate 20 corridor.

A hard freeze warning exists for portions of north Mississippi until mid-day Wednesday. Experts warn temperatures were expected to remain below freezing Tuesday and fall back into the teens Tuesday night. Forecasters said temperatures would not rise above freezing until Wednesday afternoon.

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