Freezing temperatures expected tonight, Wednesday

Biloxi and surrounding areas will see another hard freeze  tonight and Wednesday night, with winds creating a wind-chill factor as low as 10 degrees.

The bitter cold, which prompted a Winter Weather Advisory, may include a brief period of a possible light mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight, temperatures are forecast to be as low as 33 degrees, with a wind-chill of 10 degrees because of a North wind of 15 to 20 mph. There’s also a 50 percent chance of rain.  On Wednesday, the day’s high is forecast for 39 degrees with overnight temperatures in the mid to low 20s and a 16-degree wind chill.

“Please remember that with this winter weather, freezing temperatures are possible causing ice on the bridges, depending on the rain,” Biloxi Emergency Manager Michelle Crowley said. “Be cautious, and if you must travel, slow down. Be aware of black ice on roadways. Residents and business owners, take care of the four Ps – your people, plants, pipes and pets.”

The Winter Weather Advisory has led to the opening of two cold-weather shelters: The Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter, 2019 22nd Street in Gulfport will be open tonight, Wednesday night and Thursday night, and the Fournier Multi-Purpose Building, 10395 Automall Parkway Blvd. in D’iberville will be open tonight and Wednesday night.

Biloxi Public School leaders say classes are planned for their usual times Wednesday.
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News & notes: ORC update, weekly report, Christmas trees, council images, Bike Biloxi

Oscar Renda update: Oscar Renda Project Superintendent John Cowart has the latest on East Biloxi infrastructure work in a video posted today on the city’s You Tube channel. Among the roadways addressed: Oak Street, Division, Nichols, Elmer, Crusader, Percy, Bohn, Santini and Benachi. To see the three-minute progress report, filmed Jan. 12, click here.

The week that was: The latest on the number of emergency responses, construction valuations and the progress of city projects can be found in the weekly reports.  To see last week’s reports from the departments of Fire, Police, Community Development and Engineering, click here.

Christmas tree recycling:  The Harrison County Beautification Commission has set up a recycling station in Biloxi at the Rodenburg Avenue and U.S. 90 parking bay.  The drop-off location will be available through Jan. 19.  Please remember to remove all decorations, lights and stands before dropping off a tree. 

Council meeting:The Biloxi City Council met this afternoon at Biloxi City Hall where the big topics of discussion were the 2018 Spring Break traffic control plan and the zoning map amendment for a gas station on State Highway 67 and Rue Sanchez.  To see images from the meeting, click here

Bike Biloxi canceled:  The Biloxi Main Street’s monthly series, Bike Biloxi set for tonight, has been canceled because of the Winter Weather Advisory.  For more information, call the Biloxi Main Street office at 228-435-6339.