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Brookhaven, Lincoln, Lawrence and Copiah counties public schools closed today; Co-Lin under delayed start

We Lincoln County and Brookhaven public schools will be closed today due to the freezing temperatures expected to drop into the teens by tonight.

Lawrence County Schools will also be closed today, said Superintendent
Tammy G. Fairburn.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Clifford Galey said Brookhaven Superintendent Ray Carlock and Lincoln County Superintendent Mickey Myers made the decision at 4:30 a.m. today.

Parent-teacher conferences at Copiah County schools have also been canceled today. Students were already scheduled to be off from class today, Wesson Attendance Center Principal Marilyn Phillips said, but now staff will be off today as well.

Also, all campuses of Copiah-Lincoln Community College will delay start of classes tomorrow until 11 a.m., said Natalie Davis, director of public information. Davis said students and staff should monitor Wolf Alert for updated information.

According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, a hard freeze warning is in effect from 6 a.m. today to noon Thursday.

Periods of snow many cause travel difficulties. Very low wind chills expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute today. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch are possible. Wind chills in the lower teens to single digits are possible.

A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow may cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Wednesday. That means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.