SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A slow-moving system will eventually bring widespread rain to South Mississippi over the next few days. In anticipation of that system, the entire WLOX area remains under a Flash Flood Watch through Saturday.
Before sunset Thursday, we can only expect a chance for hit or miss showers to continue. Later tonight into Friday is when the bulk of the widespread rain will likely begin to affect South Mississippi. And it will continue affecting our area until Sunday.
"It's very difficult to be specific beyond Friday because the forecast will likely change depending on how the heavy rain bands start setting up," commented WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "We are all but certain that it will rain heavily on Friday and Saturday in South Mississippi. But, exactly which area will see the heaviest rain and exactly what time the heaviest rain will occur on those days is where the forecast uncertainty lies."
Models suggest two rounds of the heaviest rain could move through around Friday morning and again around midday Saturday. We finally see drier weather on Sunday.
While a few stronger storms cannot be ruled out on Thursday or Friday, South Mississippi's severe weather threat is very minimal compared to our heavy rain and flood threat.
By the time it's all over on Sunday, rainfall amounts will range from three to seven inches in the WLOX area with the highest totals likely west (Pearl River & Hancock counties) and the lowest totals likely east (Jackson & George counties). Some areas could see over 7" of rain; it depends on exactly where the heavy rain bands set up and train over.
Areas in Louisiana have received over ten inches of rain from this same system over the last 24 hours, leading to people evacuating their homes to escape flooding conditions.
"Flooding will be our main threat on Friday and Saturday," Williams said. "While I don't think all of South Mississippi will see it as bad as folks in Louisiana, it's not out of the question for some of our area to see flooding issues. So, hopefully everyone is prepared since we know to expect this heavy rain on those two days."