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Freezing temperatures likely this week, but how long will they last?

Biloxi gets a break from the rainy weather on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 afternoon. By 10 a.m., 4 inches of rain had fallen in Pascagoula, according to the National Weather Service, and just under 2 inches in Biloxi.
Biloxi gets a break from the rainy weather on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 afternoon. By 10 a.m., 4 inches of rain had fallen in Pascagoula, according to the National Weather Service, and just under 2 inches in Biloxi. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Get the coats out. Freezing temperatures are on the way.

The National Weather Service said most of South Mississippi can expect temperatures dip into the 20s Friday and Saturday as an arctic blast of cold air moves in from Canada. However, areas along the water may stay in the low 30s.

Robert Ricks, a weather service forecaster, said residents should see a light to moderate freeze Thursday night and Friday night.

On Friday morning, Ricks expects low temperatures of 32 degrees in Gulfport and 30 degrees in Pascagoula.

On Saturday morning, the forecast calls for 29 degrees in Pascagoula and as low as the mid-20s in the upper portions of Harrison and Jackson County.

The cold weather won’t stick around long, though.

Temperatures will start warming Saturday, and by Sunday we should see lows in the 50s and highs around 70.

A cold front pushed soggy weather across the area Sunday and Monday. By about 10 a.m. Monday, 4 inches of rain had fallen in Pascagoula in the previous 24 hours, according to the weather service. There were 1.86 inches recorded in Biloxi.

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