JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - It’s feeling very nice and comfortable outside this afternoon with temperatures currently in the upper 70′s. We are expecting highs in the lower 80′s, but a few spots might not even get out of the 70′s today. We are expecting to stay mainly dry through your Saturday, but a few sprinkles or light showers could be possibly to the south in Pike or Walthall Counties. Sunday will be very similar to what we will see for today. Looking off to the south, we have Tropical Storm Beta in the Gulf of Mexico. Beta has finally made a westward turn at a slow 2 MPH towards the Texas Coast. We are expecting to see further strengthening within Beta as it will likely become a hurricane in the next few days. Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for portion of the TX ad LA coast out ahead for Beta’s arrival where they could see impacts for the beginning of this upcoming week.
During the mid-portion of next week, Beta is expected to turn eastward and move along the Gulf Coast towards Louisiana. As of the latest track, around half of the region is included in the forecast cone. It is uncertain and too early for specific impacts that are expected. One model shows that the entire area could see a few inches of rain, while another shows most of the rain accumulation falling to the south and west rather than the whole region. We will continue to monitor Beta through the weekend and upcoming week, but uncertainty will remain in the forecast for next week for the path Beta will take and how fast the system will move during that period. As of now, better chances for cloud cover and showers are in the forecast for next week. Regardless of Beta’s track as of now, we are still likely to see below average temperatures throughout next week.
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