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Alert Day storms arrive tonight

Strong to severe storms move into the WLOX area Wednesday night into early Thusday Strong to severe storms move into the WLOX area Wednesday night into early Thusday
Heavy rainfall is expected across the entire WLOX area by Thursday. Flash flooding will be possible as well as rises on area rivers. Heavy rainfall is expected across the entire WLOX area by Thursday. Flash flooding will be possible as well as rises on area rivers.
South MS's main storm impacts will be flooding rains and damaging straight-line winds over 60 mph. But, large hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. South MS's main storm impacts will be flooding rains and damaging straight-line winds over 60 mph. But, large hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

A low pressure system developing in the Plains will head toward the Gulf Coast region tonight, bringing disruptive and possibly destructive weather.

An Alert Day is in effect for early Thursday morning. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Thursday morning for two to four inches of heavy rainfall that could cause road closures.

It was a wet Wednesday afternoon with numerous rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. Even though there were heavy downpours and lightning, this first round of active weather did not bring our main severe threat. 

For Wednesday night, a second round of active weather moves in: a line of strong to severe thunderstorms approaching from the west. This storm line is expected to arrive in the WLOX area between about 9 PM and 12 AM. The line should exit our area between about 2 AM and 4 AM. The main severe weather threat as the storm line moves through will be damaging straight-line wind in excess of 60 mph. There will also be the less likely threats of hail up to quarter size and isolated tornadoes.

Open your WLOX Weather App or head to wlox.com/weather for the latest forecast update.

"Many folks could be asleep as the worst storms move in tonight," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "The WLOX Weather App will send your device any alerts for your area, the instant they are issued. This could wake you up in the event of damaging storms headed your way so that you can get to safety."

After sunrise Thursday, the severe weather threat should be over. But, we may still see a few scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day as the cold front moves through. Temperatures will stay steady in the 60s and 70s on Thursday as cooler air moves in behind the front.

For Cinco de Mayo Friday, expect drier conditions. It should be pleasant with highs in the 70s. This pleasantly dry weather pattern holds strong into the weekend and next week so hopefully you have some activities and events to enjoy outdoors!

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