GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Strong winds across South Mississippi Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday morning are causing issues for drivers on Highway 90.
By Wednesday morning, the winds had died down but sand remained over the road. Barriers are up at the intersection of Highway 90 and Cowan Road in the eastbound lane.
Officials are advising drivers to use caution in that area, as well as in front of Broadwater Marine and Beauvoir Road where water and sand also covered the roadway on Tuesday night.
A wake low came through South Mississippi Tuesday, blowing wind at 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30-40 mph, causing sand and water to blow across the roadway. A wake low is a small scale area of low pressure that forms in the “wake” or after rain and storms have already passed. They are often impossible to predict, according to WLOX First Alert meteorologists
MDOT is out cleaning up the sand on Highway 90 but drivers are urged to avoid the area if possible.
Another expansive area of showers and thunderstorms will again spread across Louisiana and into Mississippi on Wednesday. These downpours may arrive in South Mississippi before noon, causing many wet hours into the afternoon and evening. Some thunderstorms may become strong, producing gusty winds and hail.
Wet weather will continue at times Wednesday night. The second of two rounds of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms arrives overnight and into Thursday morning. Ground conditions are still saturated from recent rainfall and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday morning with heavy rainfall amounts of three to six inches possible.
For the latest look at the forecast, visit the WLOX First Alert Weather page.