First Alert Forecast: filtered sun Thursday; eyes on the Gulf & upcoming severe threat

First Alert Forecast: filtered sun Thursday; eyes on the Gulf & upcoming severe threat
Watching an area of low pressure that could become a tropical system emerging out of the Gulf through week's end. (Source: WLBT)

Temperatures this morning were the chilliest of the season so far and we won’t see much of a warm up into the afternoon hours! Highs will reach right around the 70° mark as high clouds continue to filter over the region from the SW. Although tomorrow will be slightly warmer, temperatures are still anticipated to start off in the mid-upper 40s heading out the door for your Friday AM commute.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 has formed in the SW Gulf of Mexico and will bring us *maybe* a stray shower or two Friday & Saturday, but will more so bring rain impacts to our south and east. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for Mississippi’s coastal waters ahead of the likely development of a tropical storm by tomorrow morning. Winds will be shifting out of the south into the weekend, allowing all of that tropical moisture to move into SE Mississippi and allowing our temperatures here in Central/SW Mississippi to reach near 80 degrees Saturday-Monday.

⚠️ Tropical Storm Warnings issued for the coastal waters of Mississippi AND severe weather possible here...

Posted by Meteorologist Rachel Coulter on Thursday, October 17, 2019

Above-average conditions will be short-lived, however, as our next cold front will be right on our doorstep as we start up a new work week. This cold front will bring us our best chance for rain and thunderstorms within the 7-day forecast. We’ll have to watch this front closely, as strong-severe storms will be possible across the area Monday afternoon-evening. Be sure to stay tuned for forecast updates regarding timing/strength of Monday’s storms!

Rachel's Thursday Afternoon Forecast

Rachel Coulter

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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