SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Get ready for a frigid end to 2017 and a bitter cold start to 2018. Whatever your plans are this New Year's Eve, dress warm.
The last day of the year will start wet and chilly with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The good news is that most of the shower activity should move out of south Mississippi between 4 and 8 PM. Widespread heavy rain is not expected. The potential for sleet or freezing rain is no longer a threat for south Mississippi.
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But, as the showers decrease, the winds will increase from the north. Expect a brisk north wind to develop by the early afternoon and temperatures will start falling into the upper 30s between noon and 3 PM across Pearl River, George and Stone counties. 30s will settle onto the coast between 3-6 PM.
Wind chill values will already be in the 20s by 6 PM.
Skies will gradually clear between 6 PM and Midnight. Expect freezing temperatures Monday morning and hard freezes each night for the first week of the new year.