JULIA'S FORECAST: Severe Weather Possible Today - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

JULIA'S FORECAST: Severe Weather Possible Today

 The big weather story of Columbus Day is the possibility for severe weather. A potent cold front will pass through the state bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, and the possibility for hail and tornadoes. 

The morning hours will be relatively on the quiet side. We're looking at a lot of warmth, wind, and mugginess as we start off our Monday. In fact, most will be dry through the early afternoon, allowing temperatures to ramp up to the upper 80s.

Timing: We'll be keeping an eye on spotty storms developing during the early afternoon hours, however the main activity will likely be kept at bay until around 2pm. Storms first arrive to the Delta area (north of the Trace). Storms will likely be strongest at the onset with gusty wind, heavy rain, and the possibility for tornadoes. Storms progress eastward from there. Right now, models position strong/severe storms over the Hinds/Rankin/Madison County area in the late afternoon and evening. Storms will likely be east of I-55 by 9pm. Most of the state will be free from storms from Midnight to 2am.

Impacts: The greatest concern today is for damaging straight line winds. Winds will be blustery all day long, and will be strong enough within thunderstorms to take down tree branches and create power outages. Another concern is for heavy downpours, causing flash flooding conditions. Tornadoes are a possibility, but we are not expecting any kind of widespread outbreak. Just a few are possible. 

A much calmer, cooler, and sunnier weather pattern will take hold after the passage of storms! Tuesday will be crisp with a high near 70. It will still be breezy. Lows Tuesday night come down to the mid 40s. Skies will be sunny again for Wednesday with highs in the mid 70s.

Julia Weiden
Morning Meteorologist
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