Looking ahead: Tuesday forecast

PINE BELT, MS (WDAM) - Tuesday will feature more clouds and a few showers across the area. A thunderstorm can’t be ruled out, but for the most part, it will be just light to moderate rain within any shower that develops.

Rain chances will be at or below 20 percent and most of the rain will be south of Highway 98 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Afternoon highs will be around 70 degrees.

Wednesday will be a tweener day with passing clouds and highs in the low 70s. Rain chances will be minimal. Might be a good day to mow the lawn.

Thursday, on the other hand, will feature a pretty good shot for rain. Highs will be in the mid 60s as the remnants of Hurricane Willa pass through the area. The good news is that the hurricane will be pretty dead and gone by the time the remnants get here. The bad news is it will still produce some heavy rain at times as well as some gusty wind. Rain chances are around 70 percent and totals will be between 0.50 inches and 2.0 inches by the time the rains end on Friday morning.

Friday will remain cooler with highs in the mid 60s and only a 20 percent chance for rain in the morning. Depending on how strong the remnants of Willa are, we may be able to sneak in some drastically cooler air. Some folks may get stuck in the 50s on Friday and then wake up Saturday morning in the 40s again.

This weekend may feature some linger showers on Saturday but otherwise nice, with highs around 70.

The winter outlook is out, too. Generally, it looks like there is the best chance for average conditions to prevail north of I-20 this winter for both temperature and precipitation. And keep in mind that average means the typical temperature swings and the typical precipitation swings.

For us, south of I-20, it looks like there will be a better chance for a warmer than average winter and a wetter than average winter given the warmer Gulf of Mexico waters. This will come with the typical temperature swings and precipitation swings. But the main difference will be that the cold snaps will be quicker to modify than normal and the days with precipitation may be a bit more numerous from November through March.

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