MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Overall, it turned out to be quite the fantastic Sunday to end this first weekend of December. Once the leftover fog from last night burned off, skies cleared out a good deal, meaning temperatures climbed into the lower 70's for many of us. This is just the beginning of a trend we'll hold onto through Monday ahead of our next cold front. Before then, we have another warmer night ahead with the potential for patchy fog in spots. Lows will drop into the upper 40's with dewpoints hovering around that mark too, bringing the chance for fog back. The difference is that there will be a light SE wind, making the fog less dense.
Like I said above, tomorrow is going to be quite the warm one. Under partly cloudy skies we'll climb into the upper 70's, falling a few degrees short of a record high for December 4th. This is all thanks to winds really picking up out of the south, feeding lots of moisture in. Clouds out ahead of the front will start streaming in heavily Monday night. We'll be lucky to dip out of the 60's with all of the clouds and warmth overnight.
This front will be packing a pretty solid punch in terms of rain and colder temperatures as it passes through. Rainfall amounts have been curved back some for us, as models are displaying heavier rainfall amounts staying north, but with how dry we've been we'll take whatever we can. We can expect roughly an inch before rain ends Tuesday night. Lows will dip down into the 30's Tuesday night.
The remainder of the week into the weekend will see more reinforcing shots of cold air from secondary fronts, bringing some clouds but no further rainfall. Highs will hover around the lower 50's straight through, with lows all the way down into the middle and upper 20's. This is certainly the coldest air of the year, and the first hard freeze of the year is likely Thursday night into Friday.