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With the potential of winter weather in Middle Georgia this week, here are some tips for driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
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With the potential of winter weather in Middle Georgia this week, here are some tips for driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

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.

There were more than 200 wrecks in two days during a two-day ice storm in 2014. Dozens of drivers who didn’t know how to drive on icy roads ended up in ditches Police said the best advice is to stay off of the roads.

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.

With the potential of winter weather in Middle Georgia this week, here are some tips for driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

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.

Melinda McGrath, P.E., executive director, Mississippi Department of Transportation, answers questions about the process for pre-treating and maintaining roadways during a winter weather event.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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