Severe weather expected to ring in the New Year

Published 11:12 am Thursday, December 31, 2020

A line of severe weather preceding two frontal systems will keep Mississippi residents on guard during their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Jackson, said the line of storms is expected to reach the Warren County area Thursday evening and cause rain and damaging winds through midnight.

“You can probably expect tornado watches about 6 p.m. as the system approaches,” he said. “The system is expected to be in Vicksburg from about 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; it’ll hit just about as people are celebrating the New Year.”

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While there is the possibility for more than one inch of rain from the storm, Edmonston said the biggest threat is from the 60- to 70-mph winds accompanying the system and the possibility of tornadoes.

The more severe parts of the system will be south of Warren County and possibly affect Natchez and other parts of South Mississippi.

“There will be a lot of wind with this system,” Edmonston said.

He said the system is expected to move through the area rather quickly.

“It will dry out rather quickly after the system passes,” Edmonston said. “Temperatures will be about 61 degrees Friday.”

He said a second, drier front is expected to move through the area Saturday night, dropping temperatures into the upper 30s overnight with high temperatures in the upper 50s on Sunday.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve had systems come right behind each other, but this second one will not be severe,” Edmonston said.

About John Surratt

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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