SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Showers and thunderstorms are expected to redevelop on Tuesday across the Gulf Coast region. While there may have been a quiet morning for much of South Mississippi, storms are forecast to increase in coverage through the course of the day. The stronger storms will likely contain brief moderate wind gusts and frequent lightning.
Rainfall may become heavy at times and possibly lead to flash flooding. Due to the high amount of atmospheric moisture overhead, the potential exists for the stronger storms to also be efficient in depositing locally heavy rains in a short period of time. This may lead to some instances of mainly nuisance type flooding in the usual low spots and poor drainage areas.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Tuesday evening for South Mississippi. While the area should not receive as much rain as what took place on Monday, scattered storms could still quickly drop about two to possibly three more inches of rainfall in isolated areas. A weak disturbance aloft remains just northeast of the area with several ingredients coming together to allow for a few bursts of thunderstorm activity that could affect portions of the central Gulf Coast region today.
"Even though the flash flood watch has only been officially issued for Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties, all of South Mississippi should prepare for the potential of heavy flooding rain," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Tuesday morning. "Stone and George counties have just as much risk as the rest of the counties based on the latest model information."
On Monday, these same conditions came together and allowed for around five to ten inches of rainfall across South Mississippi. This has lead to flash flooding issues across parts of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as well as river flooding.
However, high pressure is expected to take control of our weather pattern by midweek, allowing for less rain in the area Wednesday through Friday.