Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport prepares for wintry weather

Jackson Evers International Airport prepares for wintry weather

PEARL, MS (WLBT) - The wintry weather and potential for snow could affect those traveling by air.

Monday, there was sunshine, but the ground was dry at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.

Meteorologists expect up to two inches of snow overnight, into Tuesday morning.

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Airport officials said preparations began last week for winter precipitation.

There are two runways, but only one is operational.

Crews are prepared to de-ice the runway at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in the event of winter weather. Source: WLBT
Crews are prepared to de-ice the runway at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in the event of winter weather. Source: WLBT

Last year, airport officials said they were not prepared for a hard freeze that closed the runways, because they did not have the equipment or de-icing solutions.

This year, they are ready for any wintry mix.

“We apply an anti-icing solution on the runways prior to the runway reaching freezing conditions. That helps us to prevent ice, sleet, and snow from attaching to the pavements," said one official. "And in the walk paths, we apply granules that are anti-slip and anti-icing products as well.”

Five airlines fly from and into Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International. There will be no overnight flights affected when the rain is expected to turn to snow.

“I’ve flown where there have been thunderstorms and I was delayed, but not with snow,” said Terri Smith, who was awaiting a flight.

Smith just visited family in Wesson and is heading home to Kentucky.

“I’m glad I’m getting out of here before it hits, but I’m going home to where there’s a possible chance of snow,” said Smith. “I think it’s neat because I like snow, but we’re more equipped in Kentucky than y’all are."

Officials suggest that you arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight.

In the event of cancellations or delays you should contact your airline for updated flight information.

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