Weather

What is open, closed or postponed as arctic cold front hits South Mississippi

With a hard freeze warning in effect from 6 p.m. until noon Wednesday, the following closings and cold-weather shelters have been announced across South Mississippi.

Coast Electric advised about 6 a.m. that its systems are overloaded. They are asking customers to turn heaters down to 68 and discontinue non-essential use of electrical appliances.

Shelter openings

Salvation Army: A cold-weather shelter will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Salvation Army in Gulfport, 2019 22nd Street. 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.

The Seashore Mission cold weather shelter: The shelter is open Tuesday to Thursday at the Fouinier Multi Purpose Building, 10395 Automall Parkway, D’Iberville.

School closings

University of Southern Mississippi: All USM campuses, teaching and research sites on the Gulf Coast and in Hattiesburg will be closed Wednesday.

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.

Bay-Waveland School District: The Bay-Waveland School District will be closed Wednesday.

Harrison County Schools: The Harrison County School District will be closed Wednesday.

George County schools: All schools in the district are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Greene County schools: All schools in Greene County are closed Wednesday.

Long Beach schools: All schools in Long Beach are closed Wednesday. Classes will resume at normal times Thursday.

Pass Christian schools: All schools in Pass Christian are closed Wednesday.

Stone County schools: All schools in Stone County are closed Wednesday.

Pascagoula-Gautier schools: The district has canceled Wednesday classes. Students will have to make up the day on Feb. 14.

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi schools: All Catholic schools in the Diocese will be closed Wednesday.

Pearl River Community College: The college will be closed until 8 a.m. Thursday.

School postponements

Ocean Springs schools: The district announced schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.

Jackson County schools: School will open two-and-a-half hours late on Wednesday.

Pass Christian schools: Schools in the Pass Christian district will open two hours late on Wednesday. The elementary and middle school will start at 9:15 a.m. and students should report to Pass High at 9:30 a.m.

Sports closings and postponements

Pearl River Community College: Basketball games scheduled Tuesday night at Jones County have been postponed until Saturday. Times have yet to be determined.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College: Games scheduled Tuesday night at East Central have been postponed until Saturday.

Long Beach soccer: City soccer at Biloxi has been canceled for Tuesday.

St. Martin soccer: Home match against Ocean Springs rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, January 22.

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.

Other closings

Highway Patrol: Department of Public Safety offices will be closed Tuesday.

Long Beach: City Hall, Long Beach Senior Activity Center and Long Beach Library will be closed Wednesday.

Gautier: The city will close City Hall, Utility Billing and Administrative Offices until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. A decision to extend the closing will be made in the morning after a review of the weather.

Jackson County: Jackson County offices will delay opening until noon Wednesday, but this does include court systems. Also, Wednesday’s Jackson County Planning Commission meeting will be rescheduled to Feb. 21.

Ocean Springs: Some offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. Wednesday, including City Hall, the court office, the records office, and the parks and recreation office.

Keesler Air Force Base: There is a two-hour reporting delay to base Wednesday. Primary care and ancillary service at Keesler Medical Center will become available at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Ingalls Shipbuilding: First, second, third and fourth shifts are canceled because of weather conditions. Later Wednesday, the company will make an announcement regarding work schedules for Thursday, Jan. 18.

Stennis Space Center: The NASA center is closed Wednesday.

Roads and bridges

Biloxi Bay Bridge

Lamey Bridge overpass of I-10

The Pascagoula high rise reopened at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Veterans Memorial Bridge (Diverging Diamond)

Promenade Flyover

Popps Ferry Road overpass of I-110

I-110 reopened around noon Wednesday.

Lorraine Road Bridge north of I-10

Beaver Dam Road in Geoge County is closed from Hwy 98 to Main Street due to hazardous ice on the roadway.

Highway 11 near Hide A Way Lake in Pearl River Count at the intersection of West Union Road and Lumpkin Road is iced over and vehicles can’t make it up the incline.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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