Message from University Police: Winter Weather Advisory May Affect 9 a.m. Commencement Ceremony, Hattiesburg Operations on Friday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for the majority of south Mississippi, beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday. The advisory is expected to conclude at noon on Friday.

The NWS reports a threat for winter weather in Hattiesburg overnight and into the morning, beginning with rain prior to midnight, and transitioning into a winter mix. One inch or more of snow is possible. At this time, significant accumulation of ice or snow is not expected, but bridges, overpasses and other elevated surfaces may be slick, and travel could become hazardous.

At this time, the University’s operations along the Gulf Coast are not expected to be significantly affected.

If weather conditions worsen overnight from what is predicted, the University may consider delaying the start of the 9 a.m. Commencement ceremony or the opening of Hattiesburg offices. If related announcements are warranted, the University will communicate via Eagle Alert no later than 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The 3 p.m. Commencement ceremony is not expected to be affected.

As a reminder, Eagle Alert is The University of Southern Mississippi’s official emergency communication channel. Please take a moment to check your contact information at All emergency messages are also posted at

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