In addition to hail, strong straight line wind and heavy rain are the primary concerns as storms move through central Mississippi Saturday afternoon. Between one and two inches of rain is expected, on average. The tornado threat is low, but a small isolated spin up tornado is always possible in this type of set-up. Afternoon storms could produce some hail mixed in with some moderate to brief heavy downpours.
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A cold front will begin to move through the state on Saturday, with a chance of storms becoming even more severe during the afternoon and evening hours. The Metro and surrounding areas will likely see the worst of the weather from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Expect quarter size hail, lightning strikes, and the possibility of tornadic activity.
We're expecting temps to push into the 70s, giving us more energy for stronger storms. Follow the storms on the Interactive Radar to see when the worst of the weather will hit your neighborhood.
Improving conditions for Sunday as far as rain and storms are concerned, but a stretch of unseasonably cool weather begins. We only reach the low 60s Sunday, then struggle to reach the mid 50s Monday and Tuesday, which is a good 15 to 20 degrees below normal for early Spring in Mississippi.
Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
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