Mississippi Skies: Snow, freezing rain becoming likely for more Mississippians as winter weather grabs its hold

Published 9:16 pm Saturday, January 13, 2024

A large portion of the Magnolia State could be the “wintry weather state” as a powerful cold front moves towards the southern United States. Winter storm watches and warnings cover all the northern third of the state and stretch into central and south Mississippi with a line from Natchez to Columbus.

We’ve been watching the models for several days and it looks like some of us will get a decent amount of snow and all of us from the Tennessee line to the beaches will deal with some extremely cold temperatures. Sunday will be a day of contrasts with wind chills below 10 in northern Mississippi and a high in the low 60s on the Gulf Coast.

Sunday night begins the extreme cold in some places and will envelop the entire state by Monday night.  With some pretty gusty winds, our windchill values could be in the 0 to 10 range across the state.

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With temperatures this cold, there will be quite a few people and animals in need. Please take Sunday to be sure your plans are ready for people, pets, pipes, and plants.

North Mississippi

Increasing clouds with a high of 29. Wind chill values near 7, even during the day. A chance of freezing rain in the late afternoon. Snow likely overnight. Low of 15 with a wind chill near 6.

Central Mississippi

Increasing clouds with a high of 39. Cloudy Sunday night with a slight chance of sleet. Low of 24.

South Mississippi

Mostly sunny with a high of 50. Partly cloudy Sunday night with a low of 31.

Gulf Coast

Frost early. Sunny with a high of 60. Mostly clear overnight with a low of 38.