On Friday morning, Attala County Emergency Management Director Danny Townsend said area conditions are improving following this week's winter storms, but urged people to continue to remain home if at all possible.
Townsend said power remains out in some areas, though many of them briefly had power restored last night only to have a main blow. Crews continue to work to restore power to all area locations.
With warmer temperatures and sunlight today, Townsend said the melting has begun, but that it is temporarily worsening driving conditions on some roads.
"We've got some really slippery conditions with the moisture on top of the ice," he said, noting that city roads are improving more quickly than county roads. "County roads remain a real problem."
When outside city limits, even ambulances are running into trouble. When they get outside road ruts, they lose traction and get stuck. Matters are worse when other vehicles run into trouble blocking the roads emergency vehicles must travel to help citizens in need.
"Hopefully, with warmer temperatures the paving will be cleared by tomorrow and we'll be in pretty good shape by tomorrow," he said, but warned that with overnight re-freezing, driving earlier in the mornings will be more difficult than later in the afternoons.
"I know everyone is getting a little antsy," he said, "but if you can stay home for another day or two, it would sure help."