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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.