Blowing storm predicted in Warren County Tuesday

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 8, 2008

From staff reports

Enjoy the warmer temperatures today because by mid-afternoon Tuesday a strong cold front is forecast to sweep through Warren and surrounding counties bringing heavy showers, strong winds and potentially tornadoes.

“The heaviest rain is going to fall along the cold front from Tuesday afternoon through the evening,” said Eric Carpenter, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Jackson. “There’s going to be a chance for some damaging winds and maybe even some tornadoes.”

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The cold front is forecast to stretch from at least Greenville through Natchez, and deliver as much as 3 inches of rain. The chance of rain Tuesday is nearly 100 percent, with winds expected to be at 15 to 25 mph and gusts reaching 35 mph.

“Today the storms are kind of evolving, and it looks like they’re going to come together over our area. You’re not going to see an obvious squall from the west,” said Carpenter.

Highs Wednesday are forecast around 40 degrees, with lingering light rainfall possible. A 30 to 40 percent chance of rain and winds up to 20 mph are forecast through the week, with overnight lows in the low 30s and potentially dipping into the upper 20s. By the weekend, however, the high temperatures should be back in the mid- to upper 60s.