SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Strong thunderstorms will be possible across the South Mississippi region over the next several days. There will be two rounds: one on Thursday and one this weekend.
A powerful storm system over the Southern Plains will lift northeastward across our region on Thursday, dragging a cold front across South Mississippi.
Heavy rain showers and thunderstorms are almost certain for all of South Mississippi on Thursday. A few thunderstorms could become strong on Thursday, producing threats of gusty winds and perhaps a brief or weak tornado.
"Thursday's severe weather threat, on a scale of one to five, will be a 'one,'" said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "So, it's the lowest possible threat level."
A lull in active weather takes place on Friday before another more powerful upper disturbance arrives on Saturday.
"Saturday's severe weather set-up suggests that the threat level would be a 'two or higher' on a scale of one to five," Williams said. "While most of this weekend's threat should take place on Saturday, some models show that storms could linger into Sunday morning."
The WLOX First Alert Weather Team has declared this weekend as Alert Days.
Afterward, a return to a more typical winter-like temperature pattern is expected for early next week.
"Over a week of unusually warm weather has lingered in South Mississippi," said Williams. "But, as we know, Mother Nature always has a way of equalizing and correcting any natural imbalances in the atmosphere. So, as Old Man Winter looks to return to the region next week, some storms are necessary to allow for the transition to a cooler pattern."
Monday's high temperatures will be noticeably cooler: in the 50s, which is typical for this time of year. You can see the rest of next week's forecast in your WLOX Weather App or at wlox.com/weather
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