A storm front quickly breezed across the Gulf Coast on Friday, bringing much colder weather behind it.
But another front this weekend is expected to push temperatures past a seasonal fall chill into near-freezing weather by next week.
“A large early-season surge of Arctic air” will push through the Central U.S. on Saturday, the National Weather Service in New Orleans says, and it should reach the South Mississippi by Sunday.
A low-pressure area is forecast to develop and move over the Gulf Coast by Monday, strengthening the cold front and bringing heavy rainfall.
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Temperatures dropped quickly Friday evening, and Saturday’s high is expected to stay in the upper 50s, dropping again into the low 40s Saturday night.
Showers Sunday night could include some thunderstorms, and the low should warm to around 50. The heaviest rains are expected Monday with a 90 chance of precipitation.
Monday night is forecast to be very windy with temperatures quickly dropping. Tuesday’s high may only reach 50 before plunging into the low 30s overnight.
Wednesday should stay frosty but sunny with highs again in the 50s and lows in the low 30s.
It could get near and below freezing along the Interstate 10/12 corridor, the weather service predicted Friday afternoon.
Things should start to warm back up Thursday for the following weekend.