SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The WLOX Weather Team has issued an Alert Day for Saturday March 25 2017. This is because the entire WLOX region of South Mississippi will be at risk for severe weather on that day.
Strong storms ahead of an approaching cold front from the west may possibly produce severe weather across much of the central Gulf Coast region on Saturday. The threat area includes most of Mississippi and extends from near Lafayette, LA to Pensacola, FL.
Forecast confidence is high that numerous showers and thunderstorms will occur on Saturday in the WLOX area. This will likely impact local events planned for that day.
A few isolated severe storms will be possible, producing mainly threats of damaging wind gusts. But, hail and an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.
Storms are expected to enter the WLOX area around sunrise (6 A.M. to 8 A.M.) and should continue, on-and-off, into Saturday afternoon and evening, exiting the area by Saturday night (6 P.M. to 8 P.M.)
By the time Saturday wraps up, rainfall amounts are expected to be around a half-inch to one inch across much of the area, with locally higher amounts possible.
"Fortunately, the threat level is a two on a scale of one up to five," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Thursday. "So, that's on the lower end of the scale. This means that the severe threat should be isolated; many will see rain, some will see downpours and lightning, and only a few should see severe weather with the threat level at about two."
"Of course, this is a developing system and like always, there's still time for the forecast timing and intensity to be fine-tuned as we get closer to Saturday," Williams said. "So, be sure to follow the latest forecasts from the WLOX First Alert Weather team."
When will the storms make it to your location? Simply open your WLOX Weather App, set it to your location, and then check the forecast by touching the 'Hourly' or the 'Daily' button at the bottom of the app screen.