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Snow on the Coast unlikely but hard freeze expected Friday night

North Bay Elementary School students braces against the cold weather as they walks to their bus after school on Wednesday, Dec., 6, 2017.
North Bay Elementary School students braces against the cold weather as they walks to their bus after school on Wednesday, Dec., 6, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

The National Weather Service in Slidell says a winter weather advisory remains in effect for most of South Mississippi until 4 p.m. Friday. But the chance for snow, especially south of Interstate-10, is diminishing.

According to the NWS, a chance for “very light sleet” is in the forecast for Friday morning, but no accumulation is expected. The chance of rain for Friday is 90 percent. The high will be around 40 degrees.

“Most of the snow and wintery mix is to the northwest near Hammond, Louisiana and the have been some reports of mixed precipitation in Pearl River County, but there hasn’t been any significant accumulations,” said NWS Meteorologist Michael Hill. “We’re really not expecting to see any snow but you may see some sleet pellets on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the best chance of this will be between 8:30-9 a.m. or so.”

He said snow flurries had also been reported near Hattiesburg and McComb.

Although the area may not be blanketed with snow, Hill said a hard freeze is expected Friday night and into Saturday.

“Our biggest concern is there’s a very good chance temperatures will dip below freezing Friday night which could create some issues with black ice and things like that,” he said.

Closings

  • Hancock County School District has canceled classes Friday.
  • Poplarville School District has canceled classes Friday.
  • Pearl River County School District has canceled classes Friday.
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