SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It has been a fairly warm fall across South Mississippi with even record high temperatures at times, but now there is some hope for a big cool down as we head through the next few days.
For Thursday and Friday, the warmer than average fall seems to keep up the pace, but Friday into Saturday, a cold front will sweep through the area and bring cooler temperatures.
Unfortunately, it has also been a dry fall, leading to drought conditions not just across the State of Mississippi, but across the Southeast. This front doesn't look like it will deliver much rain to bring relief.
The cooler weather we will receive will be welcomed by many who have complained of this years warm fall.
"It really is going to start feeling like it should this time of year, even a bit too cool," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Andrew Wilson.
After the cold front passes through Saturday, we are expected to see freezing temperatures dip south through the State of Mississippi, with parts of the center of the state seeing their first freeze so far this season Sunday morning.
Once Monday morning rolls around, the colder air will really settle in, and parts of South Mississippi may see their first freeze as well for the season.
"It looks like the 'freeze line' will be just north of our area, but we still could see a few spots dip below freezing in Pearl River, Stone, and George counties," said Wilson.
While not everyone may see temperatures below freezing, at least a majority of the area on Sunday and Monday mornings will start off in the 30s, with only coastal areas starting off in the 40s. Even in the afternoons it is expected to be cooler, with temperatures only reaching into the lower 60s under a mostly clear sky.
By the time we move into the middle of next week, a warming trend will kick off, causing the cooler air to retreat. A slight chance of rain also returns back to the forecast, but still not enough of a chance to bring hope of fixing the issues the drought has put in place.