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Wesley's Blog: Strong storms possible with Wednesday's cold front

Forecast models continue to bring the squall line into South MS on early Wed A.M. Forecast models continue to bring the squall line into South MS on early Wed A.M.
Heavy rain with this system could cause flooding issues across parts of the South Heavy rain with this system could cause flooding issues across parts of the South

Severe weather typically strikes during the spring. But, much of the South experiences a secondary severe weather season during the fall. Cold fronts tend to kick up strong storms, leading to severe weather, during this time of year in the South. And that is exactly what could happen this week.

An upper system moving in from the west will bring a cold front through South Mississippi early Wednesday. Ahead of the front, a squall line (or line of thunderstorms) has developed over the Plains and was moving eastward into Louisiana on Tuesday.

As that squall line moves through South Mississippi early Wednesday morning, a few of its storms could become strong or severe, bringing the main severe threat of damaging straight-line wind. We can't rule out the possibility of a few brief tornado spin-ups, mainly with storms out ahead of the squall line. 

Besides the severe weather threat, widespread heavy rain of two to four inches will prompt a flash flooding threat across much of Mississippi and Louisiana. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire WLOX area from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning. South MS's heaviest rain should fall on Wednesday morning.

After the cold front passes late Wednesday morning, the severe weather threat should end for South MS and the rain should gradually let up through Wednesday evening. Behind the front, we dry out and temperatures will return to near-normal for mid-November for the second half of the week and then become much cooler than normal by next week.

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