The Storm Prediction Center placed northwestern Mississippi under a tornado watch until 6 a.m. Sunday with a probability of two or more tornadoes at 30 percent.
The watch covers the counties of Sharkey, Issaquena, Humphreys, Washington, Leflore, Yalobusha, Tallahatchie, Sunflower, Bolivar, Lafayette, Panola, Quitman, Coahoma, Tate, Tunica, Benton, Marshall and DeSoto.
A record warm, spring-like air mass, has surged north across the region. This combined with sufficient shear out ahead of a strong arctic cold front, will allow for conditions favorable for thunderstorms ahead of the eastward-moving front to reach strong to severe limits through the early morning hours.
The primary threats with the most intense storms will be isolated tornadoes and damaging winds.
In addition, a flash flood watch remains in effect through late Sunday for western and all of northern Mississippi for the likely potential of up to three to five inches of rainfall on top of already saturated soils from recent rains.
Last Thursday, portions of the state were also under tornado and flash flood watches. The National Weather Service confirmed three tornadoes hit Louisiana in that event, while Mississippi was spared.
This is a developing weather situation and everyone is strongly advised to stay updated on the latest weather information as it becomes available.