Here we go again … severe weather expected to return Thursday

Published 8:19 am Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Less than a week after hundreds of thousands of Mississippians were hunkered down hopeful they wouldn’t be hit by the nearly 20 tornadoes that wreaked havoc on parts of the state, yet another round of potentially severe weather is headed to the Magnolia State tomorrow.

Weather forecasters with the National Weather Service’s Jackson office suggest a risk of severe weather ahead. That includes strong thunderstorms possible which could produce a strong tornado.

In addition, the weather system could bring high winds of up to 70 mph and up to quarter-size hail.

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Forecasters predict that the greatest risk will be south of I-20 where rainfall totals of between 1 and 3 inches of rain is likely, with local amounts going higher near areas of strong thunderstorms.

Flash flooding is possible with this system potentially dumping heavy rain very quickly over already soaked ground.

Timing of the storm front’s arrival will be from between 9 a.m. and noon to the western portions of the affected area. Central Mississippi should see rain from around noon until mid-afternoon and areas to the east will see it from mid-afternoon into the early evening.

The good news is the weather is supposed to clear on Friday and into the weekend, offering a nice weather for Easter weekend festivities.