Crested in Vicksburg, Storms Targeting MS River??? - - Jackson, MS

Crested in Vicksburg, Storms Targeting MS River???

Posted: Updated:

Today's forecast includes a build up of moisture in the atmosphere that may allow for a fast form spot shower this afternoon.

We've been tracking a line of strong storms that have a history of at least 4 tornado touchdowns, 1"+ sized hail and wind damage. It's associated with a cold front that's feeding on the warm moist air that's already in place.

This same front will slowly work its way toward us for the next 48 hours.

We're also seeing a good deal of rain associated with this relatively slow moving system; bringing out concern and some anxiety about the Mississippi River and the flooding associated with it.

This morning we have two sites that have already crested; both Vicksburg and Greenville. The early morning levels as of the 4am reading are as follows: Greenville 63.35ft, Vicksburg 56.83ft, Natchez 61.83ft.

The Yazoo river has yet to crest, and expected to reach nearly 10 above flood stage by Monday. The latest readings along the Yazoo River at Yazoo City is 38.53ft and still rising; and at the Belzoni site it's measuring at 31.02ft.

Natchez is expected to crest by Saturday, and unless our expectation of spot showers turns into a longer visit than expected, that should still hold true to form.

Thanks to the unusually dry weather we've had of late, the levels are cresting and falling relatively fast. But please keep in mind the falling of the river levels will still be a multi-week process.

We'll continue to keep you updated on WLBT-TV3, WLBT.COM, twitter and Facebook.

Our forecast for the next few days? Expect a high of 87 for today and a 20% chance of shower this afternoon as well as a 20-30% chance for Saturday afternoon. Winds will continue to move out of the south at 10-15 mph.

Copyright 2011 WLBT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow