Arctic air is blasting South Mississippi, and temperatures were expected to dip into the teens Tuesday night when the wind chill is factored in.
The National Weather Service issued a hard-freeze warning from 6 p.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday for South Mississippi and much of the state, with strong winds blowing in from the north.
Temperatures were expected to dip into the teens in areas north of Interstate 10, and into the low 20s for southern areas.
With wind chill, it felt even colder. A wind chill advisory was issued until 11 a.m. Wednesday.
A winter weather advisory was in effect from 2 p.m. until midnight. That means periods of freezing rain, sleet and snow will cause travel difficulties.
Pipes could burst and pets should be indoors. Citrus and other crops also could be damaged.
As a precaution, several schools are dismissing early and other cancellations and closures were announced.
Wednesday’s high is only expected to warm to the 30s, and wind chill could make it feel like the 20s. Clear skies and low humidity will allow Wednesday night’s temperature to again dip into the 20s.
Thursday should start to warm but overnight temperatures could fall below freezing.
With a hard freeze warning in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday, the following closings and cold-weather shelters have been announced.
Salvation Army: A cold-weather shelter will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Salvation Army in Gulfport, 2019 22nd St. Doors open at 4 p.m. and close to new entries at 10 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and breakfast will be provided at Feed My Sheep.
Hancock County cold weather shelter: The shelter will be open 6 p.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday morning at Old Spanish Trail Baptist Church at 5089 US 90 in Bay St. Louis. Anyone needing transportation assistance can call Hancock County dispatch at 228-255-9191.
Hancock County schools: Schools will be closed Wednesday and reopen Thursday, with a one-hour delay in start times. Bus pickup will also be delayed one hour.
USM Gulf Coast: The Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Highway Patrol: Department of Public Safety offices will be closed Tuesday.
Pearl River Community College: Basketball games scheduled Tuesday night at Jones County have been postponed until Saturday. Times have yet to be determined.
Long Beach soccer: City soccer at Biloxi has been canceled for Tuesday.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College: Games scheduled Tuesday night at East Central have been postponed until Saturday.
St. Martin soccer: Home match against Ocean Springs rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, January 22.
George County schools: All schools in the district are closed Tuesday.
Harrison County schools: All sporting events have been called off for the district, home and away. Coaches are working on rescheduling those games.
Bay-Waveland School District: The Bay-Waveland School District will be closed Wednesday; Bay’s basketball games Tuesday night have been postponed.
St. Patrick: St. Patrick’s basketball games, originally scheduled for Tuesday, have been rescheduled for Saturday.