Tuesday, January 2 Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Hard Freeze Warning for Clarke (MS), Jasper, Jones, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Scott, Smith, and Winston Counties until noon Wednesday.
Hard Freeze Warning for Choctaw, Clarke (AL), Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Wayne Counties until 8am Thursday.

Another cold start on Tuesday as we woke up at 14 in Meridian, the second coldest January 2 low on record and the coldest we have been since January 8, 2015 when we woke up at 12. We will see one more day in the teens Wednesday morning as we wake up at 17. Some locations could wake up as low as 14 again tomorrow morning. Highs will finally rebound tomorrow as we should make it to 40.

Clouds have been slowly arriving this afternoon and will continue overnight as an upper level low approaches our area and exits Wednesday morning. The additional clouds will keep us from getting colder than we were this morning. A lack of clouds will allow us to get colder than the going forecast, but that seems unlikely at this point. With minimal lift in place, I cannot rule out a flurry or two overnight, especially along and south of Highway 84. No accumulation is expected.

Sunshine returns Thursday into the weekend with a small warming trend developing as this arctic air mass is slow to exit the region. Highs will return to the middle 40s by Saturday with us finally back towards normal in the middle 50s by Sunday.

Our next system will begin to arrive late Sunday into Monday to bring rain showers. Most of the rain will be on Monday with rainfall amounts up to an inch possible at this point. We dry out for next Tuesday with temperatures staying near normal. We may see a brief cool down for the middle of next week, otherwise once we get back to normal, we should stay near there next week.