12/19 – Brantly’s “Chilly Night” Thursday Evening Forecast

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After a freezing cold start to the day, we ended up with mild temperatures in the afternoon. Highs today topped out in the 50s, so it was still below average for this time of the year. Normally, closer to Christmas, we see highs in the lower 60s.

Tonight, clear skies and chilly again, but not as cold… Lows will be in the upper 30s along the coast, but inland areas (generally north of I-10) will dip into the mid 30s. No freeze is expected tonight, but it would be a good idea to keeps your plants covered and pets indoors for one more night.

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On Friday temperatures will get back into the mid to upper 50s. Cloud cover will increase throughout the day, ahead of a low pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico that will bring rain into the weekend.

Where the Gulf low positions itself will determine just how much rain we get going into the weekend. Right now, most models show it heading toward the northeaster Gulf of Mexico, and only producing 1-2 inches of rain for South Mississippi. If the low tracks closer to the central Gulf Coast, rain totals could be higher.

Rain chances will be at 70-80 percent for Saturday and Sunday as temperatures stay cool in the 50s. Next week, we will gradually warm up under partly cloudy skies.

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A native to the Gulf Coast, Brantly Keiek comes to South Mississippi from Pensacola, Florida. Brantly's passion for weather can be traced back to active hurricane seasons during his childhood. His interest in meteorology peaked when his hometown experienced back-to-back hurricane landfalls in 2004 and 2005. His desire to learn about the atmosphere led him to study at Florida State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and a Minor in Mathematics. Prior to graduating, Brantly also completed a year-long internship at WEAR-TV in Northwest Florida. Brantly enjoys the beach and looks forward to spending time on the coast. He was a competitive swimmer for nearly ten years and loves water sports. While in Pensacola, Brantly was a beach lifeguard for several years where he performed over 100 water rescues.

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