Cold gradually relaxes through the next week

By  | 

RAINY SPOTS TONIGHT
Areas of light, drizzly rain will be on-and-off and not necessarily for everyone this evening. The rain will be most common among areas south of Interstate 20. Even there, it won't be for everyone.

Rain is streaming over Mississippi and Alabama from Texas. The rain may increase slightly between 9 PM and midnight before shifting east and ending over our East Mississippi and West Alabama by 2-3 AM. Given the light intensity and the fact that this rain is mostly falling at night, this will be of little impact if any at all.

FRIDAY FORECAST
By 6 AM Friday, the rain will be long gone and any lingering clouds will be clearing. Temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 30s as you're heading out the door to work and getting the kids out to the bus stop. Expect abundant sunshine to step temperatures up into the lower 40s by 8 AM and then to near 50 by 10 AM. High temperatures will be in the mid-50s, but we will begin cooling again by 4 PM.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY
Some high school football teams are in the playoffs and will be playing home games this week. If you're going to the games, be ready for cold. Kickoff temperatures will be in the mid-40s. Games will end with 30s. Several warm layers of clothing beneath your coat will help keep you warmer better than just a heavy coat. Be sure to dress for the cold.

THIS WEEKEND
The weekend will be sunny with cold mornings and warming afternoons. Saturday will warm beneath sunshine from upper 20s in the morning to upper 50s in the afternoon. Sunday will be sunny with lower 30s in the morning and lower 60s in the afternoon.

LOOKING AHEAD
Our next weather maker likely will have a minimal impact at most. It will track through Mississippi and Alabama late Monday and early Tuesday. Most of us will notice nothing more than clouds, but there is some indication that a few showers are possible. We'll be monitoring the latest data over time. Otherwise, expect gradual warming throughout the next seven days. Even with some occasional warming, long range forecast data suggest below-normal temperatures for the rest of November.