First Alert Forecast: seasonable Friday; rain returns Saturday

FRIDAY: Another chilly morning with temperatures in the 30s – expect highs in the lower to middle 50s as clouds begin to increase through the latter parts of the day. Overnight, clouds will thicken with a chance for a few showers moving in by early Saturday morning. Lows will fall to the middle to upper 40s.

WEEKEND PLANNER: Our next weather maker rolls into the region through Saturday, bringing clouds, mild, moist breezes off the Gulf. Temperatures Saturday will range from the 50s near and north of I-20 to the 60s south of I-20. Expect up to 1” of rain as this system rolls east. The majority of the rain should come to an end by early Sunday morning that will feature more clouds and chilly northerly breezes. Expect highs in the 40s to near 50° Sunday.

EXTENDED FORECAST: Clouds will stick around for much of Monday as highs struggle to make their way to near 50° through the afternoon hours. Sunshine returns by Tuesday as highs get back to their January normals – in the middle to upper 50s. Highs in the lower 60s return by the middle and latter half of the week, though rain chances may start roll in by the end of the week.

RIVER FLOODING: The river flooding across the region is coming to a head – but the rivers will remain swollen through the week ahead. The Pearl at Jackson has crested – slowly falling by late week. Downstream, the Pearl is cresting at Rockport and Monticello – both areas will also stay elevated through the week, with a slow fall beginning by the weekend. The Big Black River at Bentonia has crested with a slow fall to begin by the weekend; farther downstream at Bovina, the river will fall below flood stage by Monday of next week. Along the Mississippi River; levels will continue to rise at Vicksburg, going to into the minor flood stage – topping out near 44’ on the 17th; getting closer to the moderate stage at Natchez as it approaches 51’ by the 18th.

First Alert Forecast: seasonable Friday; rain Saturday

Patrick Ellis

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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