Thanksgiving weather will be comfortably cool and dry

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Weather will be cool, but we will stay dry. Expect a partly cloudy sky. Temperatures will warm from a low of 43 degrees in the morning to a high of 60 degrees in the afternoon.


Many of us already have guests in from out of town. If you're stepping out to enjoy the evening, take along a jacket. Temperatures will be cooling through the 50s beneath a clear sky this evening. Those 50s will cool to 40s by about 9 PM. Thanksgiving Day breaks down like this: the morning will start in the low-to-mid 40s. Sun filtered by cloud will warm us into the mid-50s by noon. We will spend the majority of the afternoon in the 50s and touch 60 degrees for a high around 2-3 PM. Then the evening will cool from mid-50s around 6 PM to upper 40s by 10 PM.


Our next weather maker is already in view, and it may bring a threat for severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening. The storm system we are tracking is a system that blew into the West Coast off of the Pacific on Tuesday. It is tracking eastward and weakening over the mountains, which is not abnormal. As the circulation moves away from the mountains late Thursday and Friday it will intensify. It will draw moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing widespread rain and thunderstorms across the Central and Southern Plains while heavy snow flies in the Rocky Mountain states.

This system will begin moving into Mississippi Saturday morning. The timing may fluctuate, but based on the latest data we have Wednesday afternoon, showers and thunderstorms could begin increasing from the west between 3 PM and 6 PM Saturday. These storms will track eastward through the night and come to an end Sunday morning. Well west of us, this storm system could mean tornadoes and destructive wind from severe thunderstorms. For us, a lingering threat from severe thunderstorms is possible. The storm system will be weakening as it moves through East Mississippi and West Alabama, which would favor a damaging wind threat that fades over time.

The forecast can change as we get new data measuring the atmosphere over time. Timing and impacts may vary over time, so be sure to stay updated on new information daily between now and Saturday.