SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A rain system located over Texas on Friday is expected to bring wet weather to the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Saturday. Another system way out along the Pacific coast will arrive next week, possibly bringing even heavier rainfall amounts.
Parts of southeast Texas, near Houston, experienced downpours on Friday morning. That active weather arrives in South Mississippi later Friday.
Forecast models are still somewhat uncertain on exactly when the onset of the South Mississippi's wet weather should occur. Some models begin our rain as early as Friday afternoon, others as late as Friday night.
"The good news is that it doesn't really matter what the models are saying, in regards to timing," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "We should be able to see the rain coming across the Gulf on radar before it arrives. And our weather team will be able to track the showers in real-time radar data."
"There is higher confidence in how much rain we expect and when the rain should end, though," Williams said.
When the rain wraps up by Saturday afternoon and evening, rain amounts will range from about a half-inch to one inch.
Heavier rainfall amounts are expected from another weather system that is set to arrive around Tuesday. South Mississippi could see around two inches of rainfall or more from that one.
"It's still very far out to have much detail on next week's system," said Williams. "As of Friday morning, the energy that will cause Tuesday's Gulf Coast system is actually sitting offshore of California. But, as it gets closer, we'll have more confidence and a better idea of how the forecast will unfold."
"Even though February has been below normal rainfall so far, we're still at a rainfall surplus for the year due to the record wet January that we're coming off of," Williams said. "So, we don't necessarily need the rain."
You can see the latest rain chance for your location in the 10-Day Forecast inside of the WLOX Weather App.