After a nice and quiet Friday – our active pattern looks to take off heading out of 2016 and into the first part of 2017 with several days of chances for rain and the possibility for some stronger storms by Monday.
NEW YEARS EVE: Clouds and showers will likely greet many of you out the door this morning – expect a widespread rain event to take hold into the afternoon and evening hours. Many areas will pick up a general 1 – 2" with higher amounts possible south of US 84 through the day. Temperatures will sluggishly work toward the upper 50s by late in the day. Shower chances will taper after midnight along and north of I-20.
NEW YEARS DAY: In many areas, Sunday will just be a cloudy, dreary day with highs rebounding deep into the 60s. Scattered showers and storms will be possible – though it won't rain all day long. We'll make mention of an isolated strong storm during the afternoon hours in SW Mississippi, but the overall threat will be low.
SEVERE THREAT MONDAY: A second, more potent system will approach the area by Monday – in combination with high moisture content and instability could spark a few strong to severe storms throughout the day. Highs will work their way into the 70s, giving plenty fuel to the fire. All modes of severe weather, wind, hail and isolated tornadoes, cannot be ruled out.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: Cooler air doesn't look to arrive in central Mississippi until Wednesday – so we'll likely stay warm, in the 70s for your Tuesday – though the weather will be a bit nicer. Much of the week will feature variably cloudy skies and gradually falling temperatures, eventually dropping into the 40s for highs by Friday.
WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist
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