Soggy week in forecast
Published 3:39 pm Monday, April 13, 2015
Heavy rain is expected throughout the week, raising the potential for flooding and downed trees.
At the very least, residents will need to remember to pack their umbrella.
The National Weather Service is calling for 70 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday followed by a 50 to 60 percent chance throughout the week, meteorologist Mike Edmondston said.
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A tenth of an inch of rain was reported from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday at Vicksburg Water Treatment Plant on Haining Road.
No weather damage of flooding was reported.
“It was some pretty good rain off and on but I don’t know about any property damage,” Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.
No flash flood warning had been issued Monday but a revised model would likely include a warning later in the week, Edmondston said.
“We could easily see another 1-2 inches of rain across the areas that received an inch today,” he said Monday.
Flash flooding in areas of heavy rain isn’t the only worry. Smaller river basins including the Big Black are expected to fill quickly.
“This is the first round that we’re receiving today. With expected rainfall over the next five to six days, we might see some of the rivers reach flood stage,” Edmondston said.
The Big Black River at Bovina was at 19.11 feet Tuesday Flood stage there is 28 feet. At West, it reached 9.3 feet where flood stage is 15 feet. The Mississippi River was at 37.54 feet. Flood stage is 43 feet.
Vicksburg and Warren County should dodge the heaviest part of this week’s storms, but rain here could cause flooding in low-lying areas.
“The heavier rains are expected in eastern Mississippi from Meridian down to Hattiesburg and along the Interstate 55 corridor,” Edmondston said. “There’s a good bit of uncertainty, but we’re comfortable enough to say we have the ingredients for heavy rains.”
Despite the uncertainty, rain is expected to last through Friday and possibly into Sunday, Edmondston said. Highs throughout the week are expected to remain in the upper 70s with lows in the mid 60s.
“We’re looking for warmer than normal temperatures, especially at night,” he said.