GULFPORT - The rain fell steadily along the Coast on Thursday night, but by 3:30 a.m., no white stuff. The National Weather Service put all of South Mississippi under a winter storm warning until 2 p.m. today and said sleet and snow are possible, up to three inches in some places and more further north of the Coast. But a couple of hours before dawn, it was just rain. The weather service reported rain throughout South Mississippi in the early morning hours - from Bay St. Louis to Lucedale. The temperatures were in the low- to mid-30s.
The anticipated sleet and snow caused every public school district in the lower six counties to cancel classes today, as well as most private schools and all of the Biloxi Catholic Diocese. Also closed today were the University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University and Mississippi Gulf Coast and Pearl River community colleges. The city of D'Iberville also announced it would be closed today. The rain and wintry mix is expected to move out of South Mississippi by early afternoon, but the temperatures likely won't get above 40, and areas north of Interstate 10 will see even lower temperatures. The weekend should be sunny and dry.
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