Strong weather expected today in Pine Belt

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A strong cold front will enter western Mississippi around noon Tuesday and will rapidly sweep east through the afternoon hours.

A squall line is forecasted to develop ahead of the front that will likely result in heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. At this time, it appears the Pine Belt will experience the worst weather between 3 and 8 p.m. before the system rapidly moves into Alabama.

It will also be a very windy day with winds speeds possibly reaching 30-plus mph this afternoon.

After the front passes, much colder air will flow in to south Mississippi and winds will remain gusty possibly reaching speeds of 25 mph, and temps plunging to the upper 20s.

After a brief break on Wednesday, there are indications a low pressure area will develop in the gulf on Thursday, and with cold air already in place, there is a growing possibility of winter weather concerns Thursday through Friday. If the air is cold enough, precipitation may fall in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow.

This is still a developing situation and residents are urged to stay abreast on that system as we head into Thursday.

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