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Is the weather outside frightful? A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Coast

Leigh Ducharme of Ocean Springs makes a snowman at Paul B. Johnson State Park south of Hattiesburg on Friday Feb. 12, 2010. Many Coast resident drove north to Hattiesburg to experience the snow.
Leigh Ducharme of Ocean Springs makes a snowman at Paul B. Johnson State Park south of Hattiesburg on Friday Feb. 12, 2010. Many Coast resident drove north to Hattiesburg to experience the snow. Sun Herald File

South Mississippians could get their first taste of winter weather in 2017 as a mix of rain, sleet and snow is in the forecast for Friday. Here’s what you need to know:

Winter weather advisory issued

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday until 12 p.m. Friday. A mix of rain and sleet could begin late Thursday night and become snow by Friday morning. The advisory is for eight counties in South Mississippi: Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Amite, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson.

Will it stick?

Maybe. The NWS predicts most Coastal areas will only see snow flurries with little if any accumulation. But a few spots on the northern Louisiana/Mississippi border could see less than one inch of snow on some surfaces.

When is the snow coming?

The best chance for winter precipitation will be from 9 p.m. Thursday through 12 p.m. on Friday. Highs are expected to creep up into the lower 50s by Friday afternoon.

How long will it stay cold?

Freezing temperatures are likely Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Lookout for ice

With freezing temperatures and winter precipitation, ice could accumulate on the roads.

“The bigger worry is going to be when we get into Saturday morning,” NWS meteorologist Phil Grigsby said. “Even though the rain is going to be over with and skies are actually going to clear out, that’s where we’re going to fall below freezing, down to around 31 degrees.”

The biggest danger would be ice patches on bridges, he said.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation will monitor the roads in South Mississippi. Follow on Twitter for real-time updates.

Closings

Gulfport canceled its Harbor Lights on Wednesday and rescheduled its Military Appreciation Night to Dec. 11. The city said it will release updates on further cancellations on a daily basis.

Capture the magic

If you see some snow flurries, send us a photo or video (horizontal please) at online@sunherald.com!

Cold shelter openings

The Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter at 2019 22nd Street in Gulfport will open Wednesday-Saturday. Doors open at 4 p.m. and close to new entries at 10 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed, to sign up go to www.supersass.com/schedule/Salvation_Army_Gulf_Coast/Cold_Weather_Shelter or call 228-207-2303 during the day or 228-861-1360 after 4 p.m. and on weekends. Seashore Mission will open a cold weather shelter at the Fouinier Multi Purpose Building at 10395 Automall Parkway in D’Iberville on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Hours of operation at the D’Iberville shelter are from 5 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Hancock County Emergency Management has opened Old Spanish Trail Baptist Church as a cold weather shelter. The shelter will be open Thursday through Saturday morning. at 5078 Hwy. 90, one mile west of Walmart.

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