People attending Christmas parties may need to bring a winter coat to wear along with their tacky sweaters, as cold temperatures and brisk winds are coming for South Mississippi.
Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said Sunday a strong cold snap is moving toward the Coast, and it will bring with it a harsh wind chill and a slight probability for icy precipitation.
“There is a small chance areas that experience low temperatures below freezing late tonight and early Monday morning could intersect the northernmost portion of lingering light rain, which would bring a slight chance for freezing rain,” Lacy said.
Lacy said the chance for freezing rain is low and would likely occur in areas near Poplarville and Bogalusa.
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The National Weather Service in New Orleans said residents below Interstate 10 should expect lows in the mid-30s Sunday night with wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour.
There’s a 60 percent chance of rain, NWS said.
Lacy said brisk north winds will lead to a chill across the Coast and above Interstate 10, Lacy said. Residents who live north of I-10 could feel temperatures in the high teens or low-20s, while people who live south of I-10 will feel temperatures in the mid-20s to 30 degrees from Sunday night to Monday morning.
By Monday, Harrison and Jackson counties could feel a wind chill of about 28 degrees. It’ll be a few degrees colder in Hancock County.
Lacy said that South Mississippians should protect their plants and pipes. People who spend time outdoors should stay warm and bundle up.