Brighter weekend to follow a gray, gloomy Friday

Published: Dec. 13, 2019 at 4:18 AM CST
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Rain from overnight has exited East Mississippi and West Alabama, though low clouds will stay with us today and bring occasional periods of light rain. Overall, expect a gray and gloomy Friday. High temperatures will not be any warmer than mid-to-upper 50s. That may be a stretch.


This morning will try warm beneath abundant cloud cover. Those clouds can bring some on-and-off light rain throughout the day. Temperatures will slow to climb from low-to-mid 40s around 6 AM to upper 40s and lower 50s at noon. Afternoon temperatures won't do any better than low-to-mid 50s for most areas. One or two of us may manage to warm toward 57 degrees. A thin spot in the clouds may let some sun peak through this afternoon, but expect clouds to hold on through tonight and Saturday morning before they clear and let the sun shine.


Our warming weekend will be dry and brighter. Saturday starts cloudy and becomes partly cloudy. Temperatures will start in the mid-40s and warm to the upper 50s and lower 60s for highs. Sunday will be cooler in the morning but warmer in the afternoon. Benath a mostly sunny sky, morning lows will be in the lower 40s. Afternoon highs will be near 70 degrees.


The next round of rain comes in on Monday. New data Friday morning is showing some shifting trends with the storm system that will affect us. The most noticeable trend is in timing. The adjustment is a bit earlier. Earlier means this system could move through East Mississippi and West Alabama during the warmest part of the afternoon. That may mean a risk for severe thunderstorms. Right now, that risk looks minimal for us and probably limited to an isolated damaging wind gust or two. The bigger risk for severe thunderstorms may pass just north of us, but that can change over the weekend. Make sure you check back with us for daily updates ahead of this approaching storm system. As we have new data measuring the atmosphere as the storm system develops, we will apply that new data and fine tune this forecast specifically for our area.

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