If you're like me, you have been tracking the severe weather outbreak across the Plains the last couple of days. There were at least 120 tornado reports from 6am Saturday thru 6am Sunday. Storms were still ongoing early this morning, and they have been deadly.
This massive storm system is headed east. The good news, for us, is that the best wind energy and dynamics will pass by to our north. This means by the time the system reaches us, it will be weaker.
That being said, we may still have a few warnings to deal with. More on that in a moment.
For today, I expect winds to continue to be gusty. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Delta areas and along the Mississippi River further south. Wind gusts may reach 40mph in these areas, with some 30mph gusts possible further east. This winds will be blowing off the Gulf of Mexico, so expect another warm and humid day. Highs will reach the middle 80s.
I do believe we will stay dry during the daytime hours today. Late tonight, a squall line of storms will track across Arkansas and Louisiana. Any impact from this line of storms will not be felt until after Midnight. Right now I think the earliest impact would be around 3-5am, but it is possible it could move faster. As it reaches the western part of Mississippi, it will begin to weaken. Regardless, a few strong or severe storms are possible. If you live west of I-55, you definitely want to keep your weather radio on tonight.
The line of storms will continue to weaken and slow down as it reaches the Natchez Trace Parkway. It will likely begin to stall across the area, bringing multiple rounds of heavy rain and storms throughout Monday afternoon. This may lead to flash flooding, if rain and storms are able to move over the same areas.
Rain and storm chances will continue into Tuesday, followed by drier weather Wednesday and Thursday.
Stay weather aware the next couple of days. You can keep updated on the forecast and track the storms using our First Alert Weather App available for the for i-Phone and Android. I'll also be sending weather updates to Twitter and Facebook.
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