Weekend, early week rains welcome sight for area battling drought

Published 10:06 am Monday, December 5, 2016

A weather system that entered the Warren County area Saturday and remained stationary through Monday is expected to drop an additional 1.5 inches of rain before moving out of the area by early Tuesday morning, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Jackson office said.

“When you include the rain from the weekend, we could see a total of between 2 and 2.5 inches of rain in the area,” meteorologist Alan Campbell said. “We’ll see a good bit of rain tonight. The system should be out of here by about 7 or 8 a.m. Tuesday.”

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He said rainfall totals recorded at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport in Mound, La., the nearest certified NWS weather gauge, 1.37 inches fell Saturday, while an additional .43 inches of rain fell Sunday. Locally, 1.55 inches in the past 24 hours was recorded at the city of Vicksburg’s water treatment plant on Haining Road

According to a notice from the Warren County Emergency Management Agency, the rains have resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood warning for Vicksburg and Warren County.

Campbell said more rain is expected for the area Wednesday and Thursday, with a cold air system following that is expected to drop temperatures.

“We’re looking at a difference of highs in the 60s right now to a point where it will barely get into into the 40s by Friday,” he said.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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