The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued two tornado watches, extending through the evening until 11 p.m. Sunday, covering the counties of Walthall, Pike, Amite, Wilkinson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Smith, Simpson, Copiah, Claiborne, Scott, Rankin, Hinds, Warren, Leake, Madison, Clarke, Jasper, Lauderdale, Newton, Marion, Covington, Forrest, Jones, George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry, Stone, Wayne, Lamar and Yazoo.
A strong to severe line of thunderstorms was quickly moving into western Mississippi and was beginning to encounter an increasingly warm and moist airmass surging north across the region behind a northward-moving warm front.
This combined with high shear ahead of an approaching cold front, could result in isolated tornadoes and damaging winds across portions of the watch area.
The probability of two or tornadoes within the tornado watch area is at 60 percent with strong tornadoes of EF-2 intensity or higher at 40 percent, according to SPC.
"The setup will favor the development of embedded bowing and supercell structures capable of a few tornadoes, possibly strong and corridors of wind damage," the SPC said.
In addition to the threat for damaging winds and tornadoes, flash flooding is possible.
The state just wrapped up its Severe Weather Preparedness Week last week and everyone should be prepared to take action in the event your area is threaten.
All residents are strongly advised to monitor the latest weather information as it becomes available.