By Barbie Bassett - email
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A strong cold front is moving closer to the Mississippi River and has already spawned tornadoes in central Louisiana with damage to homes being reported. This has the potential to be a fairly widespread severe weather event with the possibility for numerous locations to receive damaging winds of 60-70 mph. This means each county in the WLBT viewing area could receive severe weather. Tornadoes will be possible throughout the duration of the evening and into early Tuesday morning with a sizeable temperature drop to follow. Heavy rainfall of 2-3 inches could produce some flash flooding as well as ponding on the roadways.
Areas west of the I-55 corridor are likely to experience the severe weather through the midnight hour. A Tornado Watch has been issued for most of Mississippi until midnight. Areas east of the I-55 corridor will see these storms after 11pm which could linger until 5am Tuesday.
Please have your weather radio on throughout the afternoon and overnight. This system is a classic late November severe weather event set up which Mississippi is known for.
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