October 5, 2023

Thursday Weather: Overcast skies, rainy afternoon

Therese Apel

On Thursday, expect cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with a high around 82. The rain should come through in the late afternoon, and could last for a few hours.

The National Weather Service in Jackson says the rainy weather should be ushering in a cold front in the coming days. The overnight lows over the weekend are predicted to be in the upper 40s.

According to the NWS, rain totals will be rather light in most areas, though a few lucky spots could receive heavier amounts.

Fire danger will increase again Saturday as a result of the dry and breezy conditions behind the front. Keep in mind that unless the rain is surprisingly heavy, it is still unsafe to burn in most areas of Mississippi and at least 51 counties are still under a burn ban.

A burn ban, which means no outdoor burning of any kind, is a restriction on outdoor burning during drought or wildfire conditions. The County Board of Supervisors normally requests burn bans, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission approves the requests. All burn bans expire at midnight on the stated date of expiration.

Anyone who knowingly and willfully violates a burning ban is guilty of a misdemeanor. These persons may receive a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.

What is Not Allowed During a Burn Ban

Anything with an open flame that produces an ember is not allowed during a burn ban. The wind can carry floating embers away from the original fire and start a spot fire up to one-half mile away from the burning area. This includes:

  • Campfires
  • Bonfires
  • Fire pits
  • Fire rings
  • Burn barrels
  • Debris burning
  • Field burning

What is Allowed During a Burn Ban

  • Propane/Gas grills
  • Propane/Gas heaters
  • Charcoal grills


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