First Alert Forecast: unsettled pattern emerges as Nicholas inches northward

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 5:19 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 1:01 PM CDT
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MONDAY: Clouds have overspread the region this afternoon, keeping a lid on temperatures for most. A few scattered shower opportunities will remain in play through the remainder of the day as moisture flows in. Highs will top out in the middle 80s; dropping to near 70 overnight.

TUESDAY: The flow off the Gulf continues between high pressure anchored to our east and Tropical Storm Nicholas moving inland along the upper Texas coast. Once again, this will bring more waves of rain and storms through the day with highs in the lower to middle 80s. Rain potential, especially south of I-20, could be heavy in nature. Rainy periods will continue overnight with lows near 70.

EXTENDED FORECAST: The persistent flow of moisture off the Gulf and proximity to Nicholas will help to facilitate rain chance through much of the week ahead across central and southwest Mississippi. By the end of the week, 1-4″ of rain will be possible; lowest amounts farther north, highest to the south. Highs will stay, generally, in the 80s – lows near 70.

TALKIN’ TROPICS: Tropical Storm Nicholas has formed in the southwest Gulf of Mexico - moving northward near the western edge of the Gulf. The storm will spread waves of rain and wind along the coastal areas of northern Mexico, south Texas and western Louisiana. The system is expected to slow down as it moves onshore, spreading rain eastward toward our area through mid-week. Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, several disturbances are noted – the closest being off the southeast coast, moving northward through mid-late week, staying just offshore of the Carolinas as it drifts northward.

Patrick Ellis

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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