MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - After almost a week, we've finally cleared out the clouds and crystal clear skies prevailed this afternoon. Don't let the sunshine fool you though, it was another cold one today as highs only got into the middle 30's. This is partially due to the cloud deck sticking around straight through last night and well into the morning today. The clouds were a good thing last night, keeping temperatures a bit warmer, but they didn't help much today. With the latest storm system well off to the northeast now, skies will be clear again tonight, meaning frigid temperatures overnight. Lows will drop to near 20 degrees with wind chills in the teens.
Be sure to keep those coats handy, because the rest of the week you will need to bundle up as well. High pressure will be situated over the southeast to end the weekend and kick off the week, with plenty of sunshine. Winds will gradually shift and with pressures rising, will slowly warm up. Tomorrow we'll climb into the middle 40's, still well below normal but warmer then we have been. For MLK Day, highs will approach normal into the lower 50's. This is a very short thaw however, as the next arctic blast comes Tuesday.
A low pressure center will develop over the Great Lakes with an arctic cold front swinging down with it Monday night into Tuesday. This front will bring frigid cold temperatures with a very strong arctic high pressure following in behind it. As the front moves through on Tuesday, some light precipitation will be coming in behind it. Whether this precipitation will be rain, a mix, or snow all depends on how cold we are near the surface. Based on how cold models are trending at the time when we'd see precipitation, I'm anticipating some light mix/snow Tuesday afternoon. This won't be anything substantial as most of the precipitation will stay to our north.
Behind the front, bitter cold will be in place for a couple of days. Highs will stay in the 30's Wednesday with lows Tuesday night and Wednesday night all the way down into the teens. Late in the week we warm right back up however, as highs climb back into the 50's and 60's with rain chances returning next weekend.