Thursday forecast: Coldest day of the season so far

Thursday forecast: Coldest day of the season so far

Highs in the upper 30s. High in the upper 30s. A mix of rain and snow is possible across parts of southern MS and Alabama but impacts look minor. If you haven't put the driveway stakes, I'd do so today - it's going to get more hard as the ground freezes and hardens over time. Now, that much colder air we have been talking about for some time is building in across the region. Luckily winds will be a little lighter Friday morning, but still a southwesterly breeze up to 6 miles per hour will bring wind chills down to the low teens under mostly clear skies. Winds out of the west will lead to a bump in afternoon highs with temperatures warming into the upper 40s. In addition, there is a wind chill factor.

SNOW POTENTIAL INDEXA daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale. As that front looks to be fairly far off the coast, most of the moisture should stay out over the ocean as well. Overnight lows will continue to dip well down into the 20s.

The best chance of snow is over southeastern MA through early Saturday night.

MONDAY: Another quick warm up to around 60° is likely under mostly sunny skies.

Cold air continues to settle into the area through the weekend with a downright wintry feel Sunday.

A clipper will sweep by to the northeast on Wednesday.

1/10 (→): A very light snow band remains just a remote possibility near and east of city Friday night as moisture is in short supply. This could spread some light rain and snow along its track, although it's still unclear as to the track this feature will take, and if any coastal redevelopment can occur to enhance the rain and snow just a bit.

The cold pattern will be more about persistence than intensity.