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Wesley's Blog: July 4th Brings Banging Fireworks and Booming Thunder

Most of our South MS area has been upgraded from a "Marginal" risk of severe weather to a "Slight" risk. Most of our South MS area has been upgraded from a "Marginal" risk of severe weather to a "Slight" risk.
It appears that the most likely window for any intense thunderstorms will be during the afternoon hours of about 1pm and 6pm. It appears that the most likely window for any intense thunderstorms will be during the afternoon hours of about 1pm and 6pm.
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UPDATE: As of Saturday afternoon the severe weather risk for most of our South MS area has been upgraded from a "Marginal" to "Slight." Click here to read more about what each risk level typically means.

What does this change for us? It just increases the chance that South MS will see bad weather, that's all. I still think that some of Saturday afternoon's/evening's South MS thunderstorms will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning. 

Already Saturday afternoon has brought scattered thunderstorms to our region. A downpour washed over the Edgewater Mall area of Biloxi around 2pm. But as of 3:30pm Saturday, most of the severe weather (damaging wind gusts) has remained to our northwest, from near Baton Rouge to Hattiesburg. As mentioned in earlier updates, if you have fireworks plans during Saturday evening, thunderstorms could impact your activities. Continue to keep an eye on the radar. We'll be monitoring the situation and sending updates through tonight.

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UPDATE: On Saturday morning, the Storm Prediction Center upgraded the severe weather threat from "Marginal" to "Slight" for parts of Mississippi. However, South Mississippi's six southernmost counties remain under a "Marginal" risk. Click here to read more on what these risk levels typically mean. SPC says Saturday's worst severe weather threat should take place to our north. But, my forecast for South Mississippi remains unchanged: we could still see a few strong thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon bringing the threats of damaging wind gusts, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours.

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With plenty of people out enjoying the holiday weekend, it's important to keep the weather in mind. And this Independence Day, it looks like Mother Nature could add her own fireworks to the Gulf Coast forecast.

On Friday, areas in north Mississippi dealt with a severe weather threat. Winston County reported quarter-sized hail from a Friday thunderstorm. The same upper disturbance responsible for Friday's storms will approach South Mississippi from the north and will boost our chance for showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. But, I'm not expecting an all-day rain event for South Mississippi. There will still many hours during the day when it's not raining. So, while that's nice and all, some folks will get caught off-guard by the seemingly benign conditions.

All of South Mississippi is at risk for a few stronger thunderstorms on Saturday. While we may not see hail like north Mississippi saw on Friday, our main threats with any stronger storms would be frequent lightning, heavy downpours, and potentially damaging thunderstorm wind gusts. 

When exactly will the thunderstorms happen? Storms may develop as early as Saturday morning. It appears that the most likely window for any intense thunderstorms will be during the afternoon hours of about 1pm and 6pm. Once the sun sets and the daytime heating wanes, the storms should lessen in intensity, most gradually diminishing. 

It's not impossible for a few thunderstorms or showers to linger during Saturday evening. So, yes, if you have fireworks plans during the evening, thunderstorms could impact your activities.

Is the weather bad enough to cancel plans? I don't think so. But, it wouldn't hurt to have a plan for rain or to have your umbrella nearby just in case. I think the best way to handle it would be to stay aware of the weather in your area over the weekend. Keep updated on the latest forecast information and check the radar often using our WLOX 24/7 Weather App. I'll be tracking any thunderstorms that form on Saturday and constantly pushing out updates to Twitter all day. So, be sure to follow me: @WesWilliamsii

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