Weekend washout, strong Monday storms possible

Weekend washout, strong Monday storms possible

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The WLOX First Alert Weather Team continues to track an approaching storm system. Rain showers and thunderstorms return to the Gulf Coast region's forecast this weekend into the upcoming week. There will even be the potential for a few strong to severe storms.

A few showers will be possible in the WLOX area on Saturday, but most of the heavier rain in the local area is expected to begin on Sunday morning. Those heavier rain showers will continue into Monday as the storm system passes to our northeast.

By the time Monday is over, about two to three inches of rainfall or more are expected across South Mississippi.

The setup for stronger storms on Monday will exist from near Lafayette, LA to Jackson, MS  to Panama City, FL. This includes the entire WLOX area in South Mississippi.

"ALL of South Mississippi, as well as much of the central Gulf Coast region, is at risk for damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour as well as isolated tornadoes on Monday and Monday night," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, South Mississippi's Monday severe weather threat level is a 'two.'"

"Forecast models have been hinting at two ingredients, atmospheric lift and wind shear, which could lead to rotating storms on Monday," Williams explained. "One other severe weather ingredient, instability, will be lacking. This is good news that could help limit Monday's severe weather potential."

Once the storm system has passed, a cold front will move in from the northwest around midweek. A blast of much colder air will arrive behind that front for the second half of the upcoming week.

"We could see freezing temperatures across parts of the WLOX area by next Friday," Williams said.

Stay tuned to WLOX for the latest information the storm approaches.

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