WEDNESDAY: Another day in February, another ALERT DAY for central Mississippi. Our next system will be pushing into the region through the day – bringing another risk for freezing rain and sleet; mainly near and N/W of the Natchez Trace – most other locations will be caught in a cold rain through most of the event. Temperatures will warm into the 30s to near 40 north, lower to middle 40s south.
SOUTH DELTA: Freezing rain likely, sleet mixing in at times. A possible transition to a cold rain. Ice accumulations around 1/3”, localized ½" totals, which could cause issues on power lines and with trees. Additional snow and sleet accumulations will possible into Thursday.
NEAR & ALONG THE NATCHEZ TRACE (INCLUDING METRO JACKSON): Freezing rain, sleet will transition to a cold rain. Ice accumulations around 1/10” -¼".
SOUTH/EAST OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE: Pockets of freezing rain possible with a light glaze; transitioning to a cold rain.
THURSDAY: Our ALERT DAY continues for potential ongoing issues across parts of central Mississippi. Most of the rain will exit to the east through the early morning hours – but a scattering of freezing rain, sleet and snow will be possible at times during the day. Highs will struggle to warm a little, if any – staying mainly in the 30s during the day. While we may have some wintry weather, other spots may be able to melt some ice away. Anything that does melt and doesn’t dry up will re-freeze as temperatures drop into the 20s again.
EXTENDED FORECAST: After a potentially icy start to Friday, sunshine breaks between clouds Friday with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s. A few patches of black ice may remain into Saturday, but sunshine will bring highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Our gradual warming trend will be stifled by a system moving through late Sunday into Monday that will bring an opportunity for rain showers. By mid-next week, expect highs solidly back in the 60s.
WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist
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