Happy Monday! There is patchy fog in some spots, especially to the south and east of Meridian this morning, otherwise partly cloudy skies will continue through the morning with temperatures in the mid-40s. Despite increasing cloud cover, high temperatures will be warmer than yesterday with temperatures well into the mid-70s, with upper 70s in some spots especially south of I-20 due to winds picking up from the south-southeast at 8-12 mph and the strengthening of the warm air mass ahead of the cold front that will push through on Tuesday. The record high for today is 79 and though I don’t think it will get that warm, it is worth keeping an eye on especially if there is more sunshine than expected. Clouds will dominate the night sky tonight, and that will only allow the Tuesday morning temperatures to stay in the low-60s. The cold front will move through Tuesday afternoon, and there will be rain and maybe some embedded thunderstorms starting sometime during the mid-morning hours ahead of the frontal passage with wind gusts up to 20 mph possible. Rain chances will continue throughout the day on Tuesday and into the evening hours, with the rain clearing out shortly after midnight. The cold front passage will help drop temperatures right before midnight to the mid-40s, so our official lows for Tuesday will be in the 40s.
It was originally thought that there could be leftover showers on Wednesday, but now it’s looking like the rain will clear out with plenty of time before sunrise on Wednesday, so I’m taking away the rain chances of Wednesday. This day will mark the start of a cold blast with highs in the low-50s from at least Wednesday through Sunday. Due to cloud cover throughout Thursday and Friday, morning temperatures will stay milder than I initially expected, but still cold with temperatures around the freezing mark. The bitterly cold air gets here by Saturday morning as skies will clear out and strong radiational cooling will occur resulting in low temperatures for the weekend in the mid-20s.