MEMPHIS, TN--Temperatures have warmed significantly today ahead of a weather system to roll through tonight. Winds will begin to pick up later this evening as this system gets closer. A fast-moving line of rain and storms will enter the Mid-South after midnight. A few isolated showers are possible ahead of the line, but the heaviest rain and highest wind gusts will arrive after midnight. A Wind Advisory will be in effect for the Mid-South from midnight through 6 p.m. Thursday. Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour will be possible as the line of storms moves overhead. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined the entire Mid-South in a slight risk for damaging winds tonight as a result of this line of storms.
The line of storms will enter eastern Arkansas between 1 a.m.- 3 a.m. and will arrive in the metro area just before 6 a.m. tomorrow. The forward speed of this line may increase overnight. I expect all rain to exist our eastern counties by 9 a.m. Thursday. The winds and the cold weather will be the big topics of discussion tonight and early tomorrow. Even when the rain exists the area, winds will remain steady between 25-35 miles per hour with gusts to 45 miles per hour possible. Much colder air will move into the Mid-South as a result and temperatures will fall during the day. The high temperature for Thursday will be 62 degrees, but that will happen at midnight! Temperatures for your morning commute will be in the mid 50's and the evening commute will be blustery with temperatures in the low 40's. Wind chills tomorrow afternoon/evening could be in the upper teens.
Skies will clear out tomorrow afternoon and will set the stage for a night in the low and mid 20's. Friday will remain chilly, but sunshine will return. A slow warming trend will take place over the weekend and moisture again will rebound to the area. The majority of the weekend should stay dry, but an isolated shower will be possible on Sunday. Better chances of rain arrive early next week, but computer models have been showing great discrepancy each run. Therefore, for now a 50% chance of rain is possible on Christmas Day. We will adjust accordingly as weather models nail down next week's weather system.
Be careful driving around late tonight and early tomorrow morning. Have your weather radio powered up in case warnings are issued. The ABC 24 Weather Team will keep you updated on the latest weather information.