It has been a very wet weekend in Central Mississippi. We've been right in the middle of a soggy sandwich of cool, dry air to our northwest and warm, moist air near the gulf. When those two air masses collide over the Magnolia State, it generally means wet weather dominates the forecast.
Over the next 48 hours, we will continue to see showers and storms track from southwest to northeast across the central part of the state, dumping anywhere from one to three additional inches of rainfall before sunshine returns late on Tuesday.
So far, we've seen rainfall totals anywhere from 0.74" of rain at the Jackson International Airport to 1.48" in Bienville to a whopping 2.75" of rain in just the past 24 hours in McComb with more on the way!
The good news is that we were just far enough south that we just saw a wet weekend and not a wintry one. Our neighbors to the north, DeSoto County in particular, saw heavy freezing rain accumulations on everything from vehicles to trees and on power lines, causing several travel debacles, and power outages to over three thousand homes.
As we head into this next work week, we need to be especially careful of slippery roadways. Temperatures the next few nights will drop below freezing in our north westernmost communities, especially in Issaquena, Sharkey and Humphreys Counties. There is already a possibility for light amounts of freezing rain to fall as this storm system winds down Monday night into Tuesday morning. However, whether or not freezing rain falls, wet roadways, especially bridges and overpasses, could become icy.
The good news is, by the afternoon and early evening on Tuesday, skies will begin to clear out and we will see a mostly sunny day by Wednesday. It will be a welcomed relief from this cold, dreary weekend.
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