South Mississippi's shirt-sleeve weather turned to jacket weather Monday morning after a severe weather front with high winds passed through but spared the region from possible tornados.
Temperatures began to drop after heavy rains crossed the coastal counties.
Temperatures will continue to drop and a chance of showers and some thunderstorms are likely as New Year's Eve approaches, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans. The New Year's Day forecast is a high in the mid-50s with a slight chance of rain.
A squall line from the west that produced winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph passed through Monday morning, bringing heavy rain and lightning to some areas before sunrise.
Emergency management directors in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties said they received no reports of serious problems. There was some flooding in low-lying areas of Hancock County and short-lived, sporadic power outages and a few downed tree limbs in Harrison County.
"It kind of weakened before it got to us and passed through quickly," said Earl Etheridge, director of Jackson County Emergency Services.
A woman and child escaped injuries in Harrison County when their car struck a tree that had fallen across West Wortham Road. The road was closed while workers cleared the fallen tree and power and cable lines, Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.
Also, a gas line broke in Harrison County's Cuevas community when winds felled a tree and its roots pulled the gas line out of the ground, he said. The road was closed while workers removed the fallen tree and power and cable lines.
The NWS had issued a hazardous weather report for the coastal counties Monday morning. A tornado warning expired at 7 a.m. A tornado watch expired at 8 a.m. A small craft advisory also was issued for coastal waters.
It was a bad system for a while, but it was over more quickly than expected, said Rupert Lacy, Harrison County emergency management director.
The NWS has forecast a continued chance of rain and dropping temperatures as the week progresses.
Temperatures are expected to range from overnight lows in the 50s to daytime highs in the mid- to low-60s until New Year's Eve, when lows in the upper 40s are expected Thursday night.
A 20 percent chance of rain is expected until Tuesday night, when a 70-percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms are expected through Wednesday. Rain chances decrease to 50 percent Wednesday night and drop to 20 percent on New Year's Eve.
Winds of 10 to 15 mph after Monday's storm are expected to decrease through the week to 5 to 10 mph.