Current conditions for Columbus as of Tue, 03 Mar 2015 5:48 am CST
High: 54° Low: 30°
Feels like: 48 °F
Barometer: 30.13 in and falling
Visibility: 2 mi
Dewpoint: 30 °F
Wind: 6 mph
Sunrise: 6:18 am
Sunset: 5:51 pmPowered by Yahoo! Weather
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Posted on March 3, 2015 | No Comments
TODAY: A taste of spring is on the way for northeast Mississippi as temperatures climb into the low 70s. A south wind will bring in a bit more moisture as well, so it’ll be rather humid feeling, too. While a spot shower is possible through the day, organized showers are not likely as a layer of warmer air aloft will prohibit focused upward motion. By late afternoon after 5 PM, a few more scattered showers or storms could become possible as said warm layer cools some.
TONIGHT: Scattered showers and storms will be possible, but it appears the best chance may set up north of highway 82 across the north part of the state. Lows will only drop into the low 60s.
WEDNESDAY: Some big-time weather changes are still anticipated through this 24 hour period.
First off, temperatures will climb quickly to near 70 degrees by late morning across most of the area. After 11 AM, temperatures will start falling in the Corinth, Tupelo, and Oxford areas as an arctic front approaches. Through the day, temperatures in these areas will continue to fall to the mid 30s by 6 PM with breezy north winds. Elsewhere, the Golden Triangle will likely reach the low to perhaps mid 70s by mid-afternoon in advance of the arctic front.
Widespread rain will develop along and just behind the advancing front, so plan on having the rain gear with you all day. There could be a few thunderstorms in the mix just ahead of the advancing boundary south of highway 82 by early afternoon, but conditions do not appear favorable for severe storms at this time.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: As temperatures fall into the mid and upper 20s from northwest to southeast through the night, the aforementioned rain will transition to freezing rain and sleet, and perhaps ultimately over to snow by daybreak Thursday. The better chance of any accumulating snow will be in the northwest and north part of the viewing area, from Grenada to Tupelo to Iuka and points north. Most of the WCBI coverage area stands to get some form of wintry precip from 9 PM Wednesday to 9 AM Thursday morning, but the precip-type, duration, accumulation, and intensity remain difficult to exactly determine this far in advance.
BOTTOM LINE: Prepare for travel conditions to deteriorate gradually from northwest to southeast after 9 PM Wednesday. Bridges and overpasses are always the most susceptible to icing first, followed by secondary roads. Stay abreast of road conditions as Thursday morning travel likely will be impacted.
THURSDAY: Any precip should end by 9 AM, but clouds will linger and the icy north wind will linger. Highs will struggle to rise above freezing, particularly in the north and northwest (Corinth/Oxford).
THURSDAY NIGHT: Overnight lows will likely dip into the teens for most areas, with lower teens expected in the north and northwest. Wind chill values could visit the single digits at times, so prepare for this as well.
FRIDAY: Any residual moisture will likely have frozen given temperatures in the teens the night before, so be weary of patchy black ice through the morning. Temperatures rebound into the 40s by the afternoon with a mix of clouds and sun.
WEEKEND: For now, we are going to keep things dry with temperatures moderating through the 50s to near 60 by Sunday afternoon. Don’t forget to “spring forward” and set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night.
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