01/05 Ryan’s “Cool, then Freezing” Friday Forecast
Today’s forecast focused on the drastic warm-up coming, but tonight will still be at or below freezing across the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The low in Gulfport tonight will fall to 32, still lower than usual but almost 10 degrees higher than it was last night, while the inland areas linger in the low 30s and upper 20s. This does bring out out of “Hard Freeze” territory, but long term exposure can still be dangerous to people, pets, and plants. As the ridge overhead begins to shift towards the East, we’ll begin seeing southerly winds which will increase our humidity and temperature greatly. Afternoon highs will rise into the low 50s by Saturday with evening lows climbing into the 40s, and by Monday the high will be in the mid 60s.
Another reason for this increase in southerly winds is a developing low pressure system in the West. A surface low will develop on the lee-side of the Rockies Saturday night/Sunday morning, and the associated front will race through the area in the early morning hours of Monday. This will bring showers and thunderstorms overnight on Sunday, though no severe weather is expected. The airmass on the backside of the front will be only slightly cooler, allowing temperatures to rebound to nearly 70 by Thursday!