When’s it gonna get cold? Tornado watch ended before big chill arrives on Coast

The forecast low temperatures for Thursday morning Nov. 15, 2018
The forecast low temperatures for Thursday morning Nov. 15, 2018 National Weather Service

If you haven’t checked your heaters or pulled out your jackets and scarves, now’s the time.

Temperatures in South Mississippi will go from cool to cold as a storm front crosses the region, the National Weather Service predicts.

The Coast will see its coldest days so far this season, and the upper counties could see their first freeze, forecasters say.

A tornado watch was in effect most of Monday, with isolated bouts of heavy rain and high winds. The tornado watch was initially extended to 7 p.m. but canceled just before 4 p.m.

The forecast initially showed the rain moving out of the area quickly, but the weather service said Monday it’s likely to last into Wednesday because a front stalled along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

There is a 90 percent chance of rain Tuesday and a 60 percent chance Wednesday.

Behind that front is more cold air.

Temperatures are forecast to only reach near 50 Tuesday. The forecast shows an overnight low Tuesday near 40, climbing to the upper 40s to low 50s during the day Wednesday.

Freezing temperatures are possible Tuesday night and are more likely Wednesday night, mainly south of the Interstate 10 and 12 corridor and west of Interstate 59, a weather service bulletin says.

Wind chill values could dip into the 20s and 30s in the northern portion of South Mississippi by Wednesday morning.

Clear, sunny skies are expected as things start to warm up by Thursday. Overnight lows in the 40s and highs in the mid-60s are expected to last through the weekend.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews