The cold snap is going to come to an end today. Temperatures are going to get up to near 50 degrees according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Jackson.
The temperature increase should melt away the remaining ice and snow in the area. Trees and overhanging structures will be dropping ice as temperatures go above freezing around 10 a.m.
Warmer temperatures should continue into Sunday with the current forecast projecting a high of 64 degrees on Sunday with only a slight chance of precipitation.
These warmer and dry temperatures will allow crews working on restoring power safer environments. A safer environment means they can more quickly restore your power. Additionally, getting from location to location should be less troublesome for the large pieces of equipment needed to repair power lines.
Water should also be coming back on for most residents as pipes thaw in the warmer temperatures. There is still a great risk of pipes bursting as the temperatures rise. If you can, shut off the water supply near the meter until temperatures have been above freezing for several hours. Then open your inside faucets to release pressure. Leave your inside faucets open a bit as you slowly open the water value near the meter to allow the water back into your house.
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