BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi is under a Winter Weather Watch. As a low pressure system moves through the Gulf of Mexico, South Mississippians could be dealing with snow and sleet.
"It's a real possibility," said WLOX's Chief Meteorologist Mike Reader.
Starting Thursday afternoon and lasting through Friday afternoon, we could see anywhere from four inches to six inches well inland and up to two inches along the coastal areas.
"It all depends on where the gulf low tracks," Reader said. "If it gets closer to us, the snow will be further north. If it moves further south, the snow could be heavier along the coast."
No matter what happens, we could have ice on roads and bridges late Thursday, Friday morning and maybe even into Saturday morning, if there's left over water on the roads.
Also, keep in mind, with this impending weather, some schools or businesses could close for Friday. That would mean a very long weekend. Monday is President's Day, which is a federal holiday, and Tuesday, of course, is Mardi Gras.
Hancock County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the American Red Cross and Lutheran Episcopal (LESM) are opening a cold weather shelter in Bay St. Louis at LESM located at 647 DeMontluzin Avenue starting Thursday at 4:00pm and closing at 8:00 am Sunday.