FIRST ALERT: Severe weather likely Thursday afternoon and evening

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The clouds will continue to increase Wednesday night and into the overnight hours. Temperatures will hang in the mid 60s as a breezy south wind ushers in Gulf of Mexico air.

Thursday will start out mostly cloudy and turn stormy by afternoon. As it looks right now, the first storms will begin to develop in our area around 2 p.m. and will continue through about 10 p.m. Storms may have heavy rain, damaging wind, hail and the potential to produce tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “Enhanced Risk” for severe weather in our area. The SPC is also concerned about significant severe weather occurring across the Pine Belt — that includes EF-2 or stronger tornadoes.

Storms move out Thursday night and Friday we are left over with clouds and some spotty drizzle.

Saturday and Sunday look nice with highs in the 70s and 80s and plenty of sunshine.

In fact the next chance for rain doesn’t arrive until late next week

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