Mississippi will get the rest of the week to dry out after heavy rainfall drenched a good portion of the state.
The National Weather Service reported widespread rainfall amounts of one to three inches was recorded as a slow-moving band of moderate to heavy rainfall moved across the state in association with a cold front from Sunday afternoon into early Monday.
The heaviest rainfall on the upper end of two to more than three inches was focused in an area along and just east of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The capital city of Jackson officially recorded 2.55 inches of rainfall with most of that (2.06 inches) falling Sunday afternoon and evening. This was just short of the daily record for March 10 at 2.34 inches of rainfall, set way back in 1922.
Walnut Grove in Leake County was one of the wettest locations with 3.33 inches of rainfall recorded. Areas just north northeast of Brandon and east southeast of Pearl in Rankin also received a drenching with nearly 3.10 inches of rainfall, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network.
Other significant rainfall reports from select cities around Mississippi include 2.94 inches in Louisville, 2.74 inches at Mississippi State University in Starkville, 2.66 inches in Columbus, 2.51 inches in Bude, 1.55 inches in McComb, 1.36 inches in Meridian, 1.34 inches in Hattiesburg, 1.25 inches in Grenada and 1.05 inches in Tupelo.
For the remainder of the week, dry weather and fairly cool conditions will prevail as another cold front, this time with no moisture available, expected to move through the state by late Tuesday, reinforcing the dry and cool airmass that has settled in over the region.
This will result in string of days of mostly sunny skies and clear nights with below average temperatures in the 50s to around 60 degrees for afternoon highs through Thursday with overnight lows in the 30s.
A significant warmup to more spring-like conditions is expected to ensue on Friday and into the weekend with high temperatures averaging in the low to mid 70s with overnight lows in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees.
The next chance of rain and possible storms is likely to return next Monday.