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Strong to Severe Storms for parts of Mississippi Thursday into Friday

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Severe thunderstorms are expected Thursday night, with the main activity in the red and orange shaded areas. Various severe weather ingredients look to combine to support the potential for large hail and a few strong tornadoes with the most intense storms.

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the risk of severe storms over parts of Mississippi to “moderate” for Thursday night and Friday morning. That is a significant upgrade. The target area will be the Delta from Memphis southward to the Rolling Fork and Belzoni area. Most of the rest of Mississippi is still under a slight risk of storms. All forms of severe weather will be possible including tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail (up to golf ball in size), and flooding rains. The timing is being pushed back a few hours. While there could be a few isolated storms developing ahead of the main line in the early evening hours on Thursday. Discrete supercell activity will be limited. Most of the bad weather will come in with the squall line very late in the evening and through the overnight hours as we head into Friday morning. Because the worst of the weather will be moving through when most of us are asleep, you’ll need to have your NOAA Weather Radios turned on and ready to alarm if a warning is issued for your area.

​Now, here is you Weather Forecast for the Pine Belt .Warm weather continues and in fact Thursday may turn out to be the warmest day of the year, so far, with highs in the middle 80s. Low temperatures tonight will be in the 60s with a brief shower or two possible and a little fog. Our next chance for thunderstorms comes from a cold front moving in overnight Thursday into Friday with severe thunderstorms possible. Friday will turn out to be sunny and little cooler. Saturday looks nice and seasonable with temperatures in the 70s. Sunday looks to be stormy as a disturbance lifts off the gulf coast toward our area. Occasional showers throughout the day are possible Sunday. Cooler weather is looking likely next week.

Louis Smith

Pine Belt Weather Forecaster