While it has not been as cold as it was last January in Mississippi, the state has had its share of prolonged below normal temperatures that are expected to continue through the remainder of the month across the region.
The average temperature in the capital city of Jackson, when you combine the low and high temperatures so far has only averaged out to 42.4 degrees. This is 3.3 degrees below the normal average of 45.7 degrees and slightly above the very cold January of 2010 average temperature of 41.7 degrees.
And this is the case across the state, especially across Northern Mississippi, where temperatures are running several degrees below the normal average temperatures expected this time of year.
The average temperature in Tupelo so far this month is only 35.6 degrees, which is 5.4 degrees below the normal average of 41 degrees.
The same for Hickory Flat in extreme Northern Mississippi, where one of the coldest low temperatures (2 degrees) so far this winter season was recorded. The overall average temperature so far is only 33.8 degrees in Hickory Flat, which is 6.7 degrees below the normal of 40.5 degrees.
Other select below average temperatures around the state
Current average temperature Normal average temperature
Booneville 33.4 38.6
Aberdeen 37.6 42.8
McComb 44.8 48.1
Meridian 41.0 45.9
Yazoo City 42.6 45.2
Mississippi State/Starkville 39.7 42.0
Ole Miss/Oxford 36.1 39.0
Greenwood 38.1 43.1
Grenada 37.8 41.0
Hattiesburg 44.2 47.8
Kosciusko 40.0 42.4
Natchez 42.7 48.9
Below average temperatures to continue
According to the Climate Prediction Center (CPC), the below normal temperature trend is expected to continue not only for Mississippi but across much of the southern and eastern half of the United States.
In the latest long-term outlook, issued on Thursday by CPC, overall temperatures are expected to average below normal through at least February 3rd.
January is typically the coldest month of the winter season overall.