A heaping helping of April showers

Two to four inches of heavy to very heavy rainfall expected Thursday and Thursday night. Severe weather possible but not likely.

FORECAST VIDEO: 4-4-19 Two to four inches of rainfall through tonight

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A storm system moving across the northern Gulf Coast has brought the threat of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms to our area for Thursday and Thursday night.

Widespread showers and a few thunderstorms are moving across South Mississippi today.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms may continue later this evening into the overnight hours.

Confidence is very high that heavy downpours will impact local travel plans on Thursday and Thursday night. Two to four inches of rainfall is expected across our area with locally higher amounts possible, according to the National Weather Service. A Flood Watch was issued for Mississippi’s coastal counties on Thursday afternoon.

Confidence is lower on any severe damaging weather actually happening in our area. We have a low to very low severe weather risk: storm damage will be possible but not likely at any location in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.

If any severe thunderstorms develop, severe threats would include isolated tornadoes, large hail, and damaging straight-line thunderstorm wind gusts.

Keep up to date on the latest weather information Thursday in case warnings become necessary. Have multiple ways of receiving warnings, in case any are issued on Thursday.

Severe weather is possible but not likely in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.
Severe weather is possible but not likely in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.
The greatest risk for severe weather will mainly be west of us in the Level Two (yellow) area.
The greatest risk for severe weather will mainly be west of us in the Level Two (yellow) area.
Low to very low threat for damaging winds in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.
Low to very low threat for damaging winds in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.
Limited threat for tornadoes in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.
Limited threat for tornadoes in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.
Very low threat for large hail in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.
Very low threat for large hail in South Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night.

Red sky at morning... take warning? Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for today and tonight. #MSwx WLOX-TV

Posted by Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Thursday, April 4, 2019

“Once this storm threat moves out of our area by Friday, most of us will have seen rain and some of us will have seen lightning,” said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. “Few, if any, of us will have any storm damage.”

After Thursday, our next rain system will arrive Sunday into Monday. Should be drier for Tuesday.

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