10/17 – The Chief’s “Cold Frontal Passage” Monday Morning Forecast
With an approaching cold front to the NW positioned to move through the area, widespread dense fog is affecting South Mississippi this morning. A dense fog advisory is in effect until 10 AM. The fog will lift to a low cloud deck by mid-morning and it will remain cloudy for the entire day. The front will move through the area today with minimal effects. With a lack of atmospheric moisture and a shallow slope to the front, minimal effects are expected with only a few showers and an isolated thunderstorm. It will become breezy with NNW winds of 10-15 MPH, and gusts over 20 MPH by this afternoon. High temperatures will reach the mid-to-upper 70s.
A much cooler airmass will settle in by tonight. Skies will clear as temperatures will drop into the 40s tonight with 10-15 MPH winds. Tuesday will be a sunny day with high temperatures only making it into the 60s. Breezy conditions prevail with 10-20 MPH winds for tomorrow. With an extremely dry airmass and elevated winds, a Fire Weather Watch is in place Tuesday and Wednesday. Efforts should be made to avoid burning this week.
The first frost of the season is in store for Wednesday morning with temperatures forecast to dip into the mid-30s. Animals should be brought inside and efforts should be taken to protect delicate plants. By later this week, the colder airmass will dissipate and temperatures will slowly moderate by the end of the week. Expect seasonal temperatures by this weekend.