Friday, February 10, 2012

Cold Winter Blast weekend

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
154 PM CST FRI FEB 10 2012

...VERY COLD WEEKEND IN STORE AS ARCTIC AIR MASS ARRIVES...

A COLD FRONT WILL USHER AN ARCTIC AIR MASS INTO THE REGION THIS
EVENING THAT WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER TEMPERATURES FOR
THE ARKLAMISS REGION. THE RECENT WARM SPELL HAS MAINTAINED AVERAGE
DAILY TEMPERATURES WELL ABOVE NORMAL WITH HIGHS FREQUENTLY IN THE
60S AND 70S OVER THE PAST MONTH OR SO. HOWEVER A DRAMATIC DEPARTURE
IN TEMPERATURES IS IN STORE BEGINNING TONIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH
THE WEEKEND.

LOCATIONS ALONG AND NORTH OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE WILL SEE LOWS DROP
BELOW FREEZING TONIGHT WITH READINGS OVER NORTHWEST ZONES
PLUMMETING INTO THE MID 20S. STRONG NORTH WIND WILL DEVELOP BEHIND
THE FRONT AND INCREASING WIND SPEEDS WILL PRODUCE WIND CHILLS FROM
10 TO 15 DEGREES OVER NORTHEAST LOUISIANA...SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS AND
NORTH MISSISSIPPI LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. DURING
THE DAY SATURDAY THE COMBINATION OF ARCTIC AIR AND NORTH WIND SPEEDS
FROM 15 TO 25 MPH...WITH FREQUENT HIGHER GUSTS...WILL KEEP
TEMPERATURES RELATIVELY COLD WITH AFTERNOON HIGHS RANGING FROM THE
MID 30S IN THE NORTHWEST TO THE MID TO UPPER 40S IN THE SOUTHEAST.
WIND SPEEDS WILL BEGIN TO SUBSIDE SATURDAY NIGHT...ALLOWING
TEMPERATURES TO COOL QUICKLY AND DROP INTO THE TEENS AND LOWER 20S
ACROSS THE AREA BY SUNRISE SUNDAY.

PERSONS PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND SHOULD BE PREPARED
FOR SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER TEMPERATURES THAN WE HAVE SEEN RECENTLY AND
GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS. ACTIONS MAY BE NEEDED TO PROTECT PLANTS THAT
MAY BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE COLD.


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