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South Mississippi a winter wonderland (Updated 1:15 p.m.)

Snow is moving through South Mississippi and flurries were seen on DeBuys Road, the dividing line between Biloxi and Gulfport.

The lower six counties of South Mississippiare under a winter weather advisory, with snow and sleet expected to continue this morning and then turn to rain and sleet in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Employees in Port Bienville in Hancock County said snow flurries moved through this morning. WDSU in New Orleans is broadcasting pictures of snow in the city and the weather system is moving toward South Mississippi.

A low pressure system over the Florida Panhandle collided with a cold upper level system to create these conditions. Temperatures in Gulfport were 34 degrees by 6 a.m. Thursday, and the expected low was in the 40s. On Wednesday, forecasters with the NWS predicted just rain for the lower six counties but said the northern parts of the state could see 3-4 inches of snow. There is a 70 percent chance of rain today for the Coast, and the high will be in the upper 40s. In addition, the following school districts will be closed today, due to severe winter weather conditions, according to the state Department of Education:

-Hattiesburg School District-Jefferson Davis County School District-Jones County School District-Kemper County School District-Lamar County School District-Natchez-Adams School District-Newton County School District-Simpson County School District-Walthall County School District-Wilkinson County School District

The Sun Herald will update this story throughout the day.

If you have photos of snowfall in South Mississippi, e-mail them to mynews@sunherald.com with the subject line "snow photos" and we'll publish them at sunherald.com.

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