A light snow dusted as far south as Hattiesburg on Tuesday and missed the Coast, but the region can now expect below-freezing temperatures and wind chills in the 20s.
South Mississippi could see a hard freeze for 6 to 8 hours on Wednesday morning, said meteorologist Freddie Zeigler of the National Weather Service in Slidell.
Temperatures across the Coast were in the 40s on Tuesday with wind chills in the 30s. Temperatures were expected to drop to the low 20s overnight, Zeigler said.
An arctic blast will bring the Wednesday morning low to the upper 20s with a daytime high in the low 50s. Winds are forecast to be 5 to 10 mph.
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Wind chill can make a temperature of 30 degrees feel like 21 degree if the wind speed is 10 mph, a weather service chart shows. It has less of an effect once the temperature is above 50 degrees and wind speed drops below 5 mph.
Zeigler said the weather service received no reports of snow in the lower six counties Tuesday. Snow flurries were reported Tuesday in central Mississippi cities, including Hattiesburg and Jackson. No reports of travel issues were reported.
Four county school districts in South Mississippi were closed Tuesday along with three college campuses. No school closures have been reported for Wednesday.
The cold won’t stay for long this week, the weather service predicts, with the Coast seeing temperatures in the 60s by Friday and near 70 degrees on Monday.
Cold weather shelters
- Bay St. Louis: Spanish Trail Baptist Church, 5079 U.S. 90, open through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. The church is west of the Waveland Walmart. If you need a ride, call Hancock County dispatch at 228-255-9191.
- D’Iberville: Harrison County Multi-Purpose Building, 10395 Auto Mall Prkwy, opened 5 p.m. Tuesday. Bus pickup is at Seashore Mission starting at 4 p.m. Contact Seashore Mission for more details.
- Gulfport: Salvation Army Building, 2019 22nd St., Gulfport: Opened 4 p.m. Tuesday. Contact Salvation Army for additional details.
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