Severe Weather Forecast for South Mississippi Jan. 21-22

Please be advised that a severe weather system is expected to move through south Mississippi today and Friday. In Hattiesburg and along the Gulf Coast, strong thunderstorms are possible beginning this afternoon and continuing into the early hours of Friday morning.

In Hattiesburg, threats associated with this event are wind gusts that could reach up to 60 mph, hail, flash flooding and the possibility of a tornado. Along the Gulf Coast, a few storms may be severe, with heavy rain and winds up to 30 mph.

This could result in dangerous travel conditions – especially during the evening commute. University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff at the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs are asked to continue to monitor this weather system.

The system is expected to have moved out of south Mississippi on Friday morning by daybreak, but please be aware if you have plans to travel north of I-20, you can expect to run into icy conditions and some snow.

If an emergency situation arises, the University's Eagle Alert system will be activated. For more information, contact University Police at 601.266.4986.

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