University Officials Monitoring Potential for Winter Weather on Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning

Please be advised that the National Weather Service has indicated a limited threat for accumulating snow for portions of south Mississippi, including the Hattiesburg area, beginning as early as Monday evening through Tuesday morning. Up to 1 1/2-inch of precipitation is predicted, with rain potentially turning to snow on Tuesday morning. The weather system could create hazardous traveling conditions, especially on bridges and other elevated roadways.

If Tuesday’s Hattiesburg campus operations are affected, the University will activate the Eagle Alert emergency communication system no later than 5 p.m. on Monday. The University’s Gulf Coast operations are not expected to be impacted by the weather system.

If the weather system does impact your area, please proceed with caution when traveling by vehicle or foot on Tuesday, especially on bridges or in shaded areas on less frequently traveled roads or sidewalks.

If you are traveling by vehicle, the Mississippi Department of Transportation recommends the following:

• Slow down. Should winter weather conditions become present, “black ice” can form.
• Allow more space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
• Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
• Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.
• Stay alert.

Eagle Alert

As always, University officials monitor local weather activity and will communicate via email, text and phone calls through Eagle Alert if an emergency weather situation arises. Please take a moment to check your contact information in the Eagle Alert system at https://www.usm.edu/safety/eagle-alert.

All emergency messages are also posted at https://southernmiss.info.

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