The first snow flakes of the season are becoming increasing likely Wednesday morning as an upper level storm system moves across parts of the state.
A cold airmass will remain in place across the region through Wednesday morning, although it will not be as cold overall as it was Tuesday morning with temperatures down as low as 16 degrees.
With the cold airmass in place, an upper level disturbance will track across Central and Southern Mississippi, increasing cloud cover along with moisture as indicated by forecast models by late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, particularly along and north of the Interstate 20 corridor.
This will likely result in a period of flurries or light snow across portions of the state with the atmosphere below freezing at all levels.
While most locations could see a flake or two Wednesday morning, areas south of Highway 82 in North Central Mississippi and north of Highway 84 in Southern Mississippi have the greatest chance getting some of the white stuff.
This is not expected to be a major weather event due to the limited moisture and the fairly dry airmass currently in place but minor accumulations of a dusting to an half inch on exposed surfaces are possible, which could create some slick spots on area bridges with temperatures below freezing.
This is a developing weather situation and everyone is advised to stay updated on the latest weather information should major changes occur.
National Weather Service Statement:
LIGHT SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING AS A WEATHER DISTURBANCE PUSHES ACROSS THE REGION.
ONLY A DUSTING OF SNOW IS EXPECTED AT MOST LOCATIONS.
ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY REMAIN BELOW ONE HALF INCH WITH THE BEST CHANCE OF ACCUMULATION OCCURRING ON METALLIC, GRASSY AND COLDER SURFACES SUCH AS BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.
Typical December wintry weather threat
This early December threat for wintry weather in Mississippi is not uncommon.
In fact, each year there is typically at least one threat for wintry weather during the first half of the month.
Over the past two years, early December significant snows have occurred across parts of Mississippi.
On December 4, 2009, up to 5 inches of snowfall fell across parts of the state in what was one of the earliest Mississippi snowfalls on record.
A year before that on December 11, 2008, up to 9 inches of snow fell across parts of the state.