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Wind chill will be in the 20s as freeze warning issued for whole Coast, weather service says

The apparent temperature, or how it feels outside, will be in the 20s early Thursday morning.
The apparent temperature, or how it feels outside, will be in the 20s early Thursday morning. National Weather Service

It’s official, the first cold weather shelter has announced it’s opening and the first freeze warning has been issued.

A freeze watch was issued Tuesday and upgraded to a warning Wednesday. A warning means all South Mississippi counties could see temperatures below freezing from late Wednesday night through Thursday morning, the National Weather Service in New Orleans says.

“A cold front has ushered the coldest air of the season into southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi,” the advisory says.

“Clear skies tonight (Wednesday night) will allow for temperatures to fall near or below freezing across much of the area.”

Most of the Coast could see temperatures between 28 and 32 degrees for 3 to 6 hours overnight.

“Sensitive vegetation could be damaged. Wind chill values in the 20s will impact those outside for prolonged periods overnight Wednesday night.”

Wednesday’s high is only expected to reach 44 before plunging near freezing.

Clear and sunny skies will only warm Thursday temperatures to the low 50s before dropping back down into the low 30s.

Friday will start the warming trend, with a high around 60 and a low in the upper 30s.

The weekend will stay chilly with lows in the low 40s and highs in the upper 60s.

Thanksgiving week is expected to be mild and seasonal with lows around 50 and highs in the upper 60s.

Cold weather shelters open

Hancock County

  • Old Spanish Trail Baptist Church at 5078 U.S. 90 Bay St. Louis, 1 mile west of Walmart, open 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Harrison County

  • Multi-Purpose Building, Auto Mall Parkway in D’Iberville, open 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday

  • Salvation Army 2019 22nd Street in Gulfport, open 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday

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