Strong storms possible Wednesday, Thursday in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Heavy rain and possible severe storms are expected to move through the Magnolia state this week.

Storm Team 12 meteorologists have been monitoring the storms as they move closed to our area.

storm 2The best rounds of our storms were possible Wednesday night through Thursday evening. Follow our Storm Team 12 Meteorologists,Ken South, Brad Maushart,Terran Kirksey, on Twitter. You can also get severe weather alerts on WJTV.com.

Here is what you need to know below.

TIMING

The best chances of severe weather will be during the overnight hours tonight & again Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening.

THREATS

The biggest threats are heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding, hail, & damaging winds, but a few tornadoes are possible. The highest risk for severe weather, including tornadoes, is in the Enhanced Risk area (orange shading). An isolated strong tornado can’t be ruled out.

FLOODING

storm 3A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect for several of our counties beginning this afternoon & lasting into Thursday evening. Between now and Thursday night, 2-4″ of rain will be common across the area, but there could be some localized areas that see more than 5″ of rain during this same time frame.

DISCUSSION

Warm and humid air is continuing to surge into the area this morning, ahead of several disturbances that will move through the area over the next 36 hours or so. Those disturbances will tap into the warm and moist air and produce several waves of showers & storms. Ahead of the severe storm potential tonight, we’ll see chance of scattered showers and storms today. Some areas will miss out on the rain during the day Wednesday, but the coverage of the rain will increase through the late evening hours and just about everyone will see rain overnight. Some of the storms may be severe. The chance of strong to severe storms will return again Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening.

ENHANCED RISK

There is an ENHANCED RISK of severe storms for both days in our area. That’s a threat level of 3 on a scale of 0 to 5. All modes of severe weather will be possible including damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes. Please stay weather aware through Thursday night.

HOW TO PREPARE

 You need to have a severe weather plan in place ahead of the storms tonight. You can download the free WJTV Weather App to receive the latest watches & warnings on your phone.

  • You can follow us on Twitter & Facebook for information & to ask question. It’ll allow you to look at radar anytime & you can set it up to alert you if a warning is issued for your area.
  • Keep in mind, this is a developing situation. We’ll continue to update our forecast through the day as necessary.

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