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Wet weekend for the Pine Belt with the Sun returning on Sunday

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RAIN RETURNS AS THE WEEKEND BEGINS: Tomorrow will feature a mix of sun and clouds with a high near 60, but clouds will thicken late in the day. A short wave will bring rain to the state late tomorrow night into part of the day Saturday; based on the 12Z model set it now looks like the main window for rain around here in Hattiesburg will come from about midnight tomorrow night through 12:00 noon Saturday. The rain will linger into the afternoon for areas south and east of Hattiesburg, but all of the rain should be out of the state by late Saturday afternoon.

Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely, and while there could be a touch of thunder in spots, we won’t have any severe weather issues with little if any surface based instability.

COLDER SUNDAY: Sunday will be a rather cold and blustery day with a high only reaching 50 with a stuff north wind of 10-20 mph. Some clouds could linger, but the sky should become partly to mostly sunny. Sunday night will be cold; we drop well down into the upper 20s by daybreak Monday.

NEXT WEEK: The week looks dry and quiet; highs mostly in the upper 50s, lows in the mid 30s Tuesday through Friday morning. Don’t see any significant chance of rain for now.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: The 12Z model set supports the same idea; a chance of rain the weekend before Christmas (December 21-22), followed by a cold airmass. The last few runs have kept the core of the seriously cold air north of Mississippi, but we won’t really know about the intensity of the cold until next week (we need to be within 7 days to really be specific). But, for now the weather looks cold and dry here in the Pine Belt for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Now here is your Detailed Weather Forecast for the Pine Belt .

Friday: A mix of Sun and Clouds, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Friday Night: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 52. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 71. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%..

Saturday Night: Showers ending and becoming Mostly Cloudy, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. North wind around 10 mph.

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