FRIDAY NIGHT: Big changes will come with the passage of a cold front overnight. The cold front will approach Central Mississippi shortly after sunset, and swing through the Natchez Trace corridor, including the Jackson metro late this evening. The front will then pass through the Pine Belt after midnight before exiting the region by sunrise Saturday. With the cold front will come a line of showers and thunderstorms that may feature some gusty downpours. Severe thunderstorms are unlikely, but a brief severe thunderstorm warning for wind gusts over 60 mph is not out of the question. It will also turn quite breezy after the front passes through. Temperatures will fall quickly in the wake of the front, with mid 50s likely by sunrise. Chance of rain 50 percent.
WEEKEND FORECAST: In the wake of the cold front, we’ll have a beautiful fall-like weekend! On Saturday, expect sunny skies and much cooler temperatures, only reaching the lower 70s by afternoon. It will be breezy, especially Saturday morning, which could interrupt the morning flight at the Natchez Balloon Festival. It will remain breezy through the afternoon, before the breeze dies down overnight Saturday into Sunday. By sunrise Sunday, temperatures will have fallen to the mid 40s. The rest of Sunday will be sunny and cool, with afternoon highs in the low to mid 70s, and not as breezy as Saturday.
NEXT WEEK: We’ll stay dry through the first half of next week with mostly sunny skies. As the high pressure ridge slides to the east, winds will shift to a southerly direction, and temperatures will gradually warm to more seasonably upper 70s and low 80s by Wednesday. By mid-week, a weak cold front may try to swing down into our region and bring us a few chances of showers or thunder in the Wednesday-Thursday timeframe.
TROPICS: No tropical development is expected in the Atlantic Basin over the next several days.