SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - March began with thunderstorms in South Mississippi. And it looks to end the same way as a Plains storm system heads toward the South.
Severe weather will threaten the South on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as a cold front advances eastward. South Mississippi's highest potential for severe weather will arrive Thursday into Thursday night.
For Wednesday, only a few scattered showers will be possible across South Mississippi into the afternoon and evening. For Wednesday night, the rain chance will increase and a few of Wednesday night's thunderstorms could be on the strong side.
South Mississippi will much more likely deal with showers and storms on Thursday and Friday as the chance for rain goes way up.
On Thursday, as the cold front advances eastward, we can expect showers and thunderstorms to become more numerous across much of the South. Heavy rain, lightning, and the potential for severe weather will exist for the entire state of Mississippi on Thursday.
"It's a pretty complex setup with this system," WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams commented. "While the details are still being nailed down, Thursday's severe weather threats will include large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes."
"Several models indicate the heaviest rain will arrive with storms on Thursday night into Friday morning," continued Williams. "Depending on the timing of the cold front, South Mississippi could see more severe weather possible on Friday. Either way, showers will gradually taper off on Friday once the cold front finally passes."
One to four inches of rain are expected in the WLOX area through Friday evening.
Behind the front, cooler and drier air will arrive just in time for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday look mostly sunny with highs in the lower 70s. Should be great weather for the big local sporting events this weekend!