Our next rain maker arrives Thursday

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Our next weather maker will mean some rain for us. New data today suggests the rain will be a bit more common Thursday than we had previously expected.

Last night's cold was intense! We were at or below freezing from 6 PM Tuesday through 10 AM Wednesday. That's 16 hours below freezing. We were in hard freeze territory - below 28 degrees - for eight hours from midnight through 8 AM.

Our rain maker is over Texas this evening. It is tracking toward the northeast. Spotty areas of light rain will become possible after midnight tonight and continue through about 3 PM. Rain will increase from 3 PM through 6 PM and then end by 9-10 PM.

Ahead of the approaching rain, clouds will increase tonight. This evening will mainly be marked by high-altitude clouds. Those won't affect us much, and temperatures will drop into the mid-30s. Clouds will grow thicker and lower after midnight. Those thicker clouds may bump temperatures back up a bit by sunrise Thursday morning. Our lows will be in the mid-30s, but we may be closer to 40 degrees when we walk out the door Thursday morning.

Any rain through about 2-3 PM will be isolated. Rain will ramp up between 3 PM and 6 PM all across East Mississippi and West Alabama. The rain will begin fading around 8 PM, then end by 10 PM. It will be a cold rain. Temperatures will struggle to warm from around 40 in the morning to mid-40s in the afternoon. After the rain, a cold front will bring a slight reinforcement of the cold air in place, though we won't be as cold as Thursday morning.

Rainfall amounts will generally be less than a quarter-inch.

Morning low temperatures will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s both Friday and Saturday before climbing through the 30s and 40s starting Sunday. Afternoon highs are on the way up, too. After mid-40s on Thursday, Friday will be closer to 50 degrees, then our highs will increase steadily through the 50s and 60s beyond Friday.