The big chill of 2018 just keeps on blowing.
The arctic cold front moving through South Mississippi could bring freezing rain or light snow flurries Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, followed by a hard freeze Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens inland to mid-20s along the Coast. The hard freeze warning is in effect from late Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning, the NWS advises. In addition, a north wind will create wind chill values of 5 to 10 degrees.
The record low for Biloxi was 24 degrees, set in 1979.
Because of the expected bad weather moving in, George County, and Lumberton schools, as well as Pearl River Community College will dismiss early.
Temperatures this low will result in significant damage to unprotected pipes as well as citrus and other sensitive agricultural crops.
Temperatures will be generally in the mid 20s to lower 30s in the light to moderate freeze areas. Temperatures this low will result in impacts for people, pets and sensitive plants.
The Salvation Army set out a notice last week saying it’s “in desperate need” of volunteers, blankets, sheets and paper products such as cups, plates and napkins for the coming cold snap. The shelters are scheduled to be open Friday through Monday nights, with the possibility of additional nights as needed next week. Volunteers can sign up online or call 228-207-2303.
Hancock County Emergency Management Agency direct Brian Adam said a cold weather shelter will open at Old Spanish Trail Baptist Church at 5078 US 90 in Bay St. Louis from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. Anyone needing transportation assistance can call Hancock County dispatch at 228-255-9191.
Mississippi State announced via its Twitter account that the campus would be closed for normal business on Tuesday because of expected severe winter weather. Ole Miss said in a text that classes are canceled and offices are closed because of the hazardous road conditions.