ALERT DAY: Zeta, strong front on final approach to the Gulf States

ALERT DAY: Zeta, strong front on final approach to the Gulf States
ALERT DAY for approaching Zeta and a strong cold front (Source: WLBT)

ALERT DAYS are in place tonight and tomorrow as we watch for Zeta-related impacts in our southeastern counties & area-wide impacts from a strong cold front pushing east through the region. Zeta is now a Cat 2 hurricane just prior to landfall tonight in SE Louisiana. The NNE shift has occurred and it will move towards Alabama and the eastern US over the next day or so. Even as we’ll be on the west side of the center of circulation, tropical storm force winds are still anticipated in our SE counties later today and heavy rain is also likely in this area.

By the evening commute, the Jackson Metro will be sandwiched between Zeta to our SE and the cold front to our west... We could see some windy, rainy conditions at times, but higher storm chances look to be out towards the Lower Delta as the cold front approaches the region. Although an isolated severe storm is possible, our main focus will be on the dramatic drop in temperatures heading into Thursday morning!

With feels like temperatures near 90° this afternoon, the 40s will be noticeable tomorrow, especially as gusty winds continue through the afternoon!

Fortunately, improving weather conditions are forecast to arrive as we wrap up the work week and head into our Halloween weekend! Just know that despite the sunshine, temperatures will be chilly in the morning and afternoon hours!

These fall conditions will last all the way through Election Day next week.

Rachel's Wednesday Afternoon Forecast

Rachel Coulter

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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