Friday, January 12 Afternoon Forecast Discussion

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Good Friday afternoon everyone! Hope you're staying warm out there with the cold air really settling in behind this latest cold front. Thankfully for us here in Meridian and areas off to the south, we didn't see much in the way of wintry precipitation last night and through the day today. However, our friends off to the north weren't so lucky, as snow and a steady wintry mix helped in shutting down schools in north Mississippi and ending classes early at Mississippi State this afternoon. Much of the precipitation is off to the east now, with just clouds remaining. Tonight those clouds will gradually clear with gusty winds continuing, making for a cold night with lows in the lower 20's.

By tomorrow morning, we'll be receiving a nice dose of sunshine to kick off the weekend after a week of cloud cover. Winds will still be a bit breezy tomorrow with a decent pressure gradient still in place, which will keep things crisp. Aside from the colder air, it'll be a nice weekend overall, with mainly sunny skies straight through Sunday, with highs going from the lower to middle 40's. As high pressure really builds in, we'll actually be able to warm up enough to warm back into the lower 50's by MLK Day on Monday despite the cold, dry air associated with the high pressure being in place.

Our next shot of cold, almost arctic-like air enters in Monday night into Tuesday with the next cold front. Models are continuing to show colder high and low temperatures as we get closer to this time frame, so this front will pack a cold punch to say the least. One bright side is that there will be so much cold, dry air along with this front and the strong high pressure behind it that precipitation will be minimal. A few stray flurries will be around Tuesday morning, nothing substantial enough to accumulate. Otherwise, well stay dry straight through next Friday with temperatures rebounding rather quickly.

It will be cold Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the 30's and lows in the teens. By Thursday we'll be in the 40's and 20's respectively, and then 50's and 30's by next Friday.