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Hancock County, Poplarville cancel classes and other winter weather closings

National Weather Service

Possible snow and icy roads are prompting closings and cancellations across South Mississippi. Here’s the latest:

▪ Hancock County School District has canceled classes Friday.

▪ Poplarville School District has canceled classes Friday.

▪ Pearl River County School District has canceled classes Friday.

▪ Harrison County School District will release students one hour early at all schools Friday.

▪ Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College closed all campuses and centers at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

▪ Gulfport’s Harbor Lights Winter Festival is closed Friday night.

▪ All Harrison county Offices will close at 2:30 p.m.

Advisories

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday until 12 p.m. Friday for all counties in South Mississippi. A mix of rain and sleet could begin late Thursday night and become snow by Friday morning.

A freeze watch is in effect in Stone and George counties from Friday evening through Saturday 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,” weather service meteorologist Phil Grigsby said Wednesday. “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.

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