Forecasters keeping close watch on weekend weather

Published 5:49 pm Thursday, December 26, 2019

Just a few weeks after central Mississippi experienced severe weather complete with tornadoes, forecasters are advising residents to stay weather aware this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, Warren County residents can expect the possibility of rain, high winds, and tornadoes as another frontal system prepares to cross the area.

The predicted rough weather comes two weeks after the area was hit by a line of severe storms that produced high winds and one reported tornado that damaged several areas of Edwards and knocked out power to the town.

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Meteorologist Heather Stanley with the National Weather Service office in Jackson said the coming round of possible severe weather is expected to begin Saturday night and continue into Sunday.

“We basically have a marginal risk for isolated severe storms, the potential for damaging winds, and we can’t rule out the possibility of tornadoes,” she said. “We’ll be getting more details as we get closer.”

She said wind speeds are expected to reach 60 mph, with rainfall possibly reaching up to 11/2 inches, “But keep in mind when you get under thunderstorms, there’s a lot of variability with that.”

She said temperatures are expected to drop as the system passes, with temperatures Sunday night forecast to be in the upper 30s near 40, and daytime temperatures Monday in the mid-50s and back to the upper 30s to 40s Monday night.

Monday will be clear.

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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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