HED:Thaw sets in until freezing weekend

AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED:Thaw sets in until freezing weekend

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

After several days of extremely low temperatures, Northeast Mississippi residents will begin to thaw – but not for long.

After a week of highs that reached only into the upper 30s on some days, temperatures will begin to climb today into the upper 40s and lower 50s for highs.

Bitterly cold temperatures moved into Northeast Mississippi over the weekend, bringing almost record lows Saturday. The low recorded Saturday was 8 degrees, one degree above the record low of 7 degrees set for Jan. 11.

Today’s warming trend is expected to begin in the morning hours.

Also predicted for today was a chance of freezing rain beginning at 3 a.m. and lasting possibly through 10 a.m. with no accumulation, said Marlene Mickelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis. By midmorning the precipitation is expected to be mostly rain.

Most of the freezing rain expected with this front is expected stay well north of Tupelo.

A winter storm left up to 3 inches of snow in some parts of Northeast Mississippi Friday. Because of the lower temperatures throughout the weekend, that snow still could be seen in shady areas Tuesday.

Temperatures also will reach into the mid- to upper-30s Thursday, with the lows in the lower 30s, Mickelson said.

Lower temperatures will return in time for the weekend. Highs Friday will be in the 30s with lows in the teens.

Temperatures Saturday will be about the same. No precipitation is expected Friday or Saturday.