A TORNADO WATCH is in effect until 6 pm today for much of the WLBT viewing area in central Mississippi. This means the environment is conducive for strong storms - some of which could produce a tornado.
We also have the chance of strong winds and hail. Please be weather alert today and have multiple ways to receive watches and warning. Also, keep your smartphones and tablets charged as much as you can in case the the power goes out, you'll have another way to stay informed.
We have a warm and moist air mass taking over the state which is one ingredient we look for to help fuel storms. Temperatures will zoom into the low 70's by this afternoon. If we get any sunshine at all, this will only add to the potential for strong storms. I'm indeed expected a little bit of this by this afternoon. As the cold front approaches from the west, we'll have to watch for any storms that develop ahead of the line - those will need extra attention as this system evolves. As the actual line approaches, we'll need to watch for very strong winds along the line as well as some rotation which could lead to tornadoes. As for now, it looks like the best threat of seeing the strongest storms will be east of the I-55 corridor after noon today.
At any point a tornado warning is issued, we'll break into programming until we see there is no longer a threat to you.
The weather will eventually improve overnight Saturday into Sunday. We may have a few clouds in the morning but looks like the sunshine will make a much welcomed return and stay around through much of next week. Very cold, even for this time of year will make a visit early next week. Expect highs in 40's 40's and lows in 20's 20's.