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Joel's Blog: Warm temperatures won't last long

Rain chances increase Thursday morning before temperatures drop. Rain chances increase Thursday morning before temperatures drop.
Despite some clouds and slight rain chances, Wednesday still looks to be the last warm day for a little while. Despite some clouds and slight rain chances, Wednesday still looks to be the last warm day for a little while.
Clouds begin to clear out some Friday morning, but temperatures will be at their coldest at this point. Clouds begin to clear out some Friday morning, but temperatures will be at their coldest at this point.
This is a look at what our Futurecast model is putting out for rainfall through Thursday. This is a look at what our Futurecast model is putting out for rainfall through Thursday.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

We are going to see a 20 degree temperature drop through the day on Thursday as a cold front moves past South Mississippi. In fact, our afternoon highs are going to be colder than our average overnight low temperatures.

The past few days have been foggy and a bit damp in large part because of the warmer temperatures. Since late last week, afternoon highs have been a bit warmer than the day before. Unfortunately, this will be short lived as an area of low pressure dives southward out of the Upper Midwest, bringing a strong cold front to South Mississippi later this week.

Early this week, models were in good agreement that this front would come through late Wednesday night. That would mean more showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night with a sharp drop in temperatures late in the night. Now, these models are beginning to hint at a frontal passage sometime around the middle of the day Thursday.

Either way, models are continuing to show very mild afternoon highs for your Wednesday. Many of our inland locations may expect temperatures near 80, depending on the amount of sunshine we receive. Along the immediate coastline, we'd likely see highs only in the lower 70s. With the frontal passage holding off until Thursday, this would leave us a bit drier. Thus, we'd see warmer afternoon highs.

With this later frontal passage, we can expect rain chances to really increase later Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. This would also leave us with warmer temperatures Thursday morning than originally anticipated. The rain chances would continue as the front passes, increasing winds and dropping temperatures. Anywhere from a quarter to three quarters of an inch will be possible.

By Thursday night, rain will be exiting the region. Temperatures will be noticeably colder, especially with the gusty northerly winds. Wind chills are forecast to be in the 20 to 30 degree range. Clouds will linger through the night before clearing out Friday morning. This is when temperatures are expected to be coldest. Morning lows will be freezing in our three inland counties while coastal lows will be just below freezing. Friday afternoon, temperatures will likely only reach 50 degrees.

Over the weekend, there will be a chance of a few scattered showers. However, the best chances in the 7 Day Forecast do look to be this Wednesday and Thursday. Be sure to stay tuned to WLOX for the most up-to-date information as we continue to look over these models to make the best forecast for you at home.

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