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FIRST ALERT: Chance of rain & storms overnight with gusty winds, blast of cooler air

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 6:03 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 9:35 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Temperatures are about to take a big tumble across the state. A cold front is approaching and this will bring a chance for a passing shower or storm overnight.

A line of rain and embedded thunder is racing across Mississippi and this will reach our far northwest areas by midnight. The risk for any organized severe weather will stay north of our area, although we could have some strong wind gusts. The line will quickly move across the area from west to east through the early morning hours, exiting to the far east around sunrise. We could see a few wind gusts topping 20 mph in the early morning. The good news is the speed of the system and limited precipitation, will eliminate any risk of flooding.

A COLDER WEEKEND: The sky will clear tomorrow, but the cooler air will continue to pour in, with winds out of the north, gusting to around 15 to 20 mph. Temperatures will only reach the upper 60s in most areas, with lows in the 40s Saturday night. If you are traveling for one of the college games, plan for chilly weather in Starkville and Fayetteville. Kickoff temperatures will be near 70º at Hattiesburg, but falling into the 50s during the evening. By the way, if you have our WBRC Streaming Channel on Roku, Firestick, or Apple TV, you can find the kickoff forecast posted each week. After a cold start on Sunday, we will have a much calmer day, with highs near 70º and lots of sunshine.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK: We could see some clouds overhead Sunday night, which could impact temperatures. However, we still expect lows to tumble into the 40s. We will have dry weather continuing through next Wednesday, with a gradual recovery in temperatures through the start of the week. Highs by Wednesday will be in the mid to upper 70s. Another cold front will impact the state late in week, with a chance of showers returning Thursday night and continuing into next Friday. This looks to be followed by another drop in temperatures, so I don’t see the warmth we’re currently experiencing returning anytime soon.

Currently there are no areas being monitored for development in the tropics. Hopefully, that trend will continue for the remainder of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which ends at the end of November. I’ll have more specifics on the changes ahead, on the late news after baseball tonight. Have a great weekend!

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