Wednesday will be another warm afternoon for the Pine Belt. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s, with heat indices near 90° this afternoon! Clouds will be on the increase, but rain chances will remain low.
Thursday will be slightly cooler as clouds begin to increase from the west. Temperatures will top out in the lower 80s under mostly cloudy skies.
A strong cold front will begin to approach Mississippi as we go into late Thursday. We are expecting a strong line of storms to form along this front and sweep through south Mississippi during the overnight hours of Thursday and early morning hours of Friday.
The main threats with this round of storms will be the possibility of damaging winds and the isolated threat of tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the Pine Belt under a slight risk of severe weather for overnight Thursday.
Looking over current model data, it looks like the best dynamics for severe weather will stay generally to our northwest, closer to Jackson and the Mississippi Delta. We still do expect the line of storms to hold together and provide the risk of severe weather, just not as widespread as areas to our northwest.
While the severe weather risk will diminish by late morning on Friday, we can still expect the chance of a few showers through Friday. Temperatures will be much cooler, with afternoon highs only in the upper 60s.
Over the weekend, we can expect plenty of sunny skies! Temperatures will be well below average, with afternoon highs in the 70s, and morning time lows in the lower 40s.
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