Clouds increase Thursday ahead of Friday night rain

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Our next weather maker is still on track to arrive late Friday, bringing rain through Friday night and early Saturday. Rainfall amounts will average between a half-inch and an inch. Some localized variation is possible.

THE NEXT 24 HOURS

The next 24 hours will stay dry. This evening will be clear. Temperatures will drop through the 50s and into the 40s by 10 PM. Clouds will begin increasing overnight. Our Thursday morning will start with low temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s. Thursday morning will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s by noon and warm toward lower 70s by 3 PM. Clouds will begin building after noon and even more Thursday night.

RAIN ARRIVES LATE FRIDAY

Friday morning will start cloudy with temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s. The first half of the day will likely stay dry, though a couple of stray showers can't be ruled out. Temperatures will be in the lower 70s by noon. Rain will begin increasing between 2 PM and 4 PM in our northern areas - around Philadelphia, Louisville, Macon, and DeKalb. Rain will fill in toward I-20 between 4 PM and 6 PM - around Meridian, Decatur, Newton, Lake, Livingston, York, and Cuba. Rain may stay mainly north of a line from Bay Springs to Quitman to Butler to Thomasville until 10 PM. Rain will fill in after 10 PM Friday for those southern areas and fall area-wide through Saturday morning. The rain will end from west to east between 6 AM and 9 AM Saturday morning. The rest of Saturday will grow colder, but the day will end up being salvageable.

POSSIBLE THANKSGIVING TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS

We don't always look ahead beyond a week, but next week is Thanksgiving Week. Travel plans are being made, and there's a weather issue that may cause some travel disruptions next week. A storm system organizing over the Central Plains on Tuesday morning will track toward the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Tuesday night and Wednesday. It will bring rain that changes to snow Wednesday afternoon and evening to Chicago. It will also bring 30-40 mph winds. The wind alone may be enough to disrupt flights. The high air traffic volume will come into play, too. Add rain and snow, and that just exacerbates the problem. O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is one of two major hubs that provides flight service to Meridian, so be aware that flight delays are very much possible Tuesday and Wednesday due to weather - especially if you have a connecting flight in Chicago. The day before Thanksgiving is historically the busiest travel day of the year. Delays can be stressful, so make sure you have plans to cope with that if it happens.