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Wintry weather has arrived. Here's what you need to know.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

The wintry weather that we've been expecting over the past week has arrived for much of the state with areas from Hattiesburg to Jackson seeing everything from sleet, freezing rain, and even some snow this morning.

As we move into the later part of this afternoon and into tonight, some spots in South Mississippi will have the possibility to see a wintry mix with sleet being the main concern.

Right now there are winter storm warnings stretching from just north of Jackson all of the way down to the counties just north of our viewing area until midnight Friday evening.

Here in South Mississippi there are winter weather advisories for Pearl River County, Stone County, and George County until midnight this evening.

These winter weather advisories are in place because we will have a slight chance for light accumulations of sleet in those counties this evening.

The main concern with light sleet accumulation is travel along bridges in these areas, as patchy ice could form on the bridges themselves making for slick conditions on the roads.

While Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties aren't expecting any accumulation from sleet, don't be surprised if you end up seeing a bit of sleet mixed in with the rain for this evening.

We also have a hard freeze warning in place for tonight in Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties as temperatures will fall below freezing for an extended period of time.

This means that pipes could be an issue this evening and you will need to protect pipes along with people, pets, and plants.

Remember to keep the water dripping in your sink and open the cupboards under your sink to allow warm air to reach those areas and avoid your pipes from bursting.

Temperatures along coastal areas tonight will fall between 28 and 32 degrees, and inland temperatures will fall between 24 and 28 degrees. Unfortunately, it will feel even colder outside with the winds and a wind chill advisory is in place this evening due to wind chills being between 11 and 16 degrees.

Most water on the roads from the rain tonight will dry, but if there is any standing water left on the roads this evening it could freeze overnight making for patchy areas of black ice and hazardous driving conditions.

Be sure to use extra caution on the roadways this evening.

By the time we move into the middle of the morning tomorrow sunshine and temperatures rising above freezing will melt any ice that may form on the roads, so be sure to allow extra time while traveling.

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