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Heavy rains could wash out first full day of Mardi Gras parades on the Coast

Parade goers reach for beads as the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade rolls down Main Street in Biloxi on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rain wasn't a deterrent for the hundreds that gathered for the Mardi Gras day parade. Heavy rains are likely this weekend for the 2018 season’s first full day of parades.
Parade goers reach for beads as the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade rolls down Main Street in Biloxi on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rain wasn't a deterrent for the hundreds that gathered for the Mardi Gras day parade. Heavy rains are likely this weekend for the 2018 season’s first full day of parades. amccoy@sunherald.com file

Carnival season is supposed to shift into high gear this weekend on the Mississippi Coast, but the weather could put a damper on things.

The Harrison County Emergency Management Agency advised Thursday that heavy rains are likely all day Saturday and that night.

As much as 1 to 3 inches of rain and flash flooding are possible.

The Ocean Springs Elks Lodge parade and the Pass Christian Carnival Association Krewe of Legacy roll are scheduled to roll at 1 p.m. Saturday and the Krewe Unique rolls at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ocean Springs. At 1 p.m. Sunday, the Lizana Carnival Association is scheduled.

Both the Elks and Legacy parade organizers say they will roll rain or shine.

As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service predicts showers could start late Friday night (40 percent chance) and chances rise to 80 percent during the day and night Saturday.

Scattered showers have a 40 percent chance of lingering Sunday.

There’s still uncertainty with the timing and location of the heaviest rains, and Harrison County will issue another update Friday.

A cold front will follow the wet weather, and temperatures will start to drop Sunday night with lows in the 40s. Monday and Tuesday night temperatures are expected to dip into the low 30s. But they should rebound by Wednesday with lows in the 50s.

Cold weather shelter

The Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter in Gulfport will be open Monday.

The shelter say it is in desperate need of volunteers, blankets, sheets and paper products(cups, plates, napkins).

Volunteers also are needed! Go to http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/Salvation_Army_Gulf_Coast/Cold_Weather_Shelter or call 228-207-2303 to sign up for a shift.

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