Today was one of those December days to remember as we were seasonally cool, but had enough sunshine to brighten things up. Looks like we're heading back into the dumper as one upper air disturbance will bring us some rain by midday Wednesday with a stronger upper disturbance arriving Thursday with cold air, some showers and even some snow for areas not too far ( Poplarville, Hattiesburg) to our north late Thursday into Friday. Highs go from the 60s tomorrow to probably not getting out of the 40s both Thursday & Friday with stiff northerly winds. The weekend will begin nice on Saturday with sunshine and warmer temps, before we have another weak system approach late on Sunday. Christmas week looks mild but unsettled with what could be several rainy periods. Santa & his reindeers will have to ditch the skates and put on the shrimp boots as it could be a soggy ride down South?
Astronomical Winter arrives on Friday beginning the slow process of lengthening the days and shortening the nights heading towards Spring. Usually, the coldest weeks of the year happen in mid January and that could very well be the case this cold season. December for us has been slightly above average/normal with just one light frost at my Metairie house so far. The brutal cold (25-30 below) remains bottled up over Alaska with no signs of that heading south during the next 10-14 days. Stay tuned!