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Two-day weather system bringing storms, strong winds, and colder temperatures


Forecasters have predicted the region will experience hazardous weather conditions in the next couple days. Officials with the National Weather Service in Jackson said a cold front is bringing the chance for thunderstorms into the area.

Philomon Geertson is a meteorologist with the NWS. He said strong winds mean possible localized power outages and wind damage.

“We also have that continued threat for strong wind gusts on Wednesday as well. Right now, Wednesday looks like the day in which we’ll see the potential for the strongest wind gusts,” he said. “I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw some places getting gusts up to about 40, maybe even 45 miles per hour right around the time of the frontal passage, maybe even a little stronger than that.”

Geertson added that along with inclement weather, the cold front passing through will cause temperatures to plummet.

“Out ahead of the front Wednesday morning, we’ll most likely be in the sixties with our temperatures,” he said. “Once that front passes, temperatures will drop sharply. 20 to 25 degrees within an hour or two is within the realm of possibility, so that could be quite a jolt to the senses.”

Geertson advised people to use caution when traveling or being outdoors on Wednesday. However, the meteorologist said although the chance of rain is high, flooding is unlikely to occur.