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FORECAST: Prepare for flurries and frigid temps

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Winter Weather Advisory FROM M-DOT:

A strong cold front is moving through the area this afternoon. As the cold air moves in enough moisture will be in place to allow for a changeover from light rain to light sleet mixing with light snow early this evening and then quickly changing over to light snow during the overnight hours.

This precipitation will linger into the early morning hours tomorrow before changing back to light rain showers by mid- morning.

Intensity will be light but there is the possibility of a combination of sleet and snow accumulating on elevated surfaces up to just under half of an inch.

Accumulating sleet and snow will mainly be to the west of interstate 55 and north of interstate 12 including portions of southwest Mississippi and the Baton Rouge metro area.

Wind chill values will approach 10 degrees across much of southwestern Mississippi.

Winds will not die down overnight and should remain around 10 to 12 mph and as this combines with lows in the upper teens wind chill values will be near 10 degrees just before sunrise.

From Michael Haynes:

Temperatures dropping like a rock this afternoon, and even though moisture is very limited, the upper level flow is unsettled enough to squeeze out a few pockets of light sleet and a few snow flurries in South Mississippi, mainly south of I-20. 

But this certainly not a major winter storm; in fact, we aren't expecting any significant accumulation or travel problems.


Cold air is the big story; temperatures nose dive into the teens by sunrise Friday, including 16 to 20 straight hours below freezing, beginning tonight through Friday morning. Also, wind chill values drop to dangerously cold levels, to the single digits after midnight.Sunshine returns tomorrow afternoon, but with cold arctic air in place, most spots won't crack 40 degrees all day. 

More on what to expect overnight tonight, and when will it warm up(?) on our Thursday newscasts.

Michael Haynes
First Alert Meteorologist
E-Mail: mhaynes@wlbt.com

 

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