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Strong cold front ushers in coolest weather of the season so far

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A fairly pleasant Fall week for all outdoor activities including the Mississippi State Fair is ahead after a strong cold front ushered in the coolest weather of the season so far.

The cold front swept through the state during the day on Sunday, while also carrying the remnants of what was Tropical Storm Karen off the east. This front was also responsible for producing an historic blizzard in the northern Rockies into the northern Plains and a tornado outbreak across parts of the Upper Midwest.

Early Monday temperatures dropped to their lowest levels of the season across much of the state in the 40s and low to mid 50s on average. The low temperature of 50 degrees at the Jackson-Evers International Airport was the coolest reading since mid-May in the capital city.

Even cooler temperatures are expected early Tuesday as drier air continues to filter down across the region.

"The coldest night of the forecast is expected tonight. Under clear skies and a light wind, strong radiational cooling of our dry airmass will allow the normally cooler locations to dip into the mid 40s," the National Weather Service said.

Daytime highs are expected to average in the 70s through midweek with temperatures around 80 during the latter half of the week across the state.

Normal highs this time of year are around 80 degrees with lows in the 50s.

The next chance of rainfall is expected as another frontal approaches over the upcoming weekend.

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