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Chilly Rain to Soak the Deep South Thursday

A quick-hitting but chilly rain is expected to spread from Mississippi to Florida and to the Carolinas through Thursday night, forcing umbrellas and rain jackets to be utilized for those heading outside.

The intensity of the rain will be on the low end of the scale, but some areas could pick up a quick 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch, especially along the Gulf coast.

Cities that will have to deal with the chilly rain include Jackson, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; and Atlanta, Georgia.

Flooding issues are not anticipated but motorists will be faced with wet roadways during their commute and may need to reduce their speed to ensure proper stopping time.

For those taking to the air, flight delays are possible from the clouds and rain. Flights into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta may run behind schedule.

Chilly air will continue to remain in place across the region with temperatures generally 5 to 10 degrees below average.

"Much of the precipitation will be in the form of rain as temperatures reach into the upper 30s and low 40s," said Meteorologist Ed Vallee.

However, with the unusual chill set in across the region, some of it may not be all rain.

"Some of the higher terrain across northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia could see a few wet snowflakes mix in at times," said Vallee.

Any snow that mixes in will remain north of Atlanta and Birmingham but Huntsville could see a few flakes fall.

The rain will carry over into the evening for areas closer to the coast while the rest of the region begins to dry out.

As the system departs Thursday night into Friday morning, some fog may develop across Alabama and Georgia. Motorists could encounter low visibility on their way to work Friday morning.

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