Sub-freezing temperatures ahead for the Miss-Lou

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 8, 2010

NATCHEZ — National Weather Service in Jackson is predicting a weekend of sub-freezing temperatures for the Miss-Lou.

While no snow appeared on Thursday, NWS Senior Meteorologist Mike Edmonston said ice and frost will be a common site as temperatures and wind chills drop into the teens and single digits.

Edmonston said as northwest winds move through the state early this morning, the Miss-Lou will be going on day two of a hard freeze for the area.

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“(A) wind chill advisory runs until noon (today) and may be extended into (Saturday),” Edmonston said.

Edmonston said if the weather service’s predictions are correct, the hard freeze the area is currently under will last until noon Sunday.

“Near record low temperatures are what we’re forecasting for the next couple of days,” Edmonston said.

Based on the service’s projections, Miss-Lou residents can look for today’s temperature to start out at 19 degrees, slowly climb into the low 30s and drop back into the teens tonight.

“The temperature will drop to 16 degrees on Saturday morning,” Edmonston said.

By Saturday afternoon, Edmonston said temperatures are projected to rise just above freezing to 37 degrees, but return to 17 degrees Saturday night.

And according to Edmonston, while Sunday looks like it might be warmer with temperatures around 39 degrees, the area will still be cold by nightfall.

“We’ve opted to go with a hard freeze for Sunday for the whole area, not just Natchez,” Edmonston said. “By the time it gets dark, it will be below freezing.

“This is some of the coldest weather we have seen in a long time around here,” Edmonston said.