Mississippi Skies: Big plans this weekend? Prepare for some ‘frightful’ weather

Published 8:01 pm Friday, December 8, 2023

If you have plans for holiday events or parties Saturday, be sure to check the local radar before heading out.

A cold front is bringing the possibility of plenty of rain across the state, and most of the state has a chance for severe weather.

A Level 2 risk covers all of northern Mississippi and then angles to cover western Mississippi.

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Cities include Southaven, Oxford, Batesville, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, and the Delta. Other cities in the Level 2 risk are Yazoo City, Philadelphia, Vicksburg, Jackson, Natchez, and just west of Brookhaven. Risks include severe storms, hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

A Level 1 covers the rest of the state. This area includes the same risk at a lower threat.

See the included map if you’re community isn’t listed.

North Mississippi

Showers and storms likely, then rain with a thunderstorm possible in the afternoon. High of 68. Saturday night, showers likely with a thunderstorm possible. Low of 38. A storm or two could be strong to severe.

Central Mississippi

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers with storms possible in the evening. High of 73 with wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour. Showers and a thunderstorm possible overnight. Low of 41. A storm or two could be strong to severe, especially in western communities.

South Mississippi

Fog and a slight chance of rain in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Partly sunny with a high near 76. Wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour. Showers likely with a thunderstorm possible overnight. Low of 48 with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour.

Gulf Coast

Fog early, then partly sunny with a slight chance of a shower midday. A thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon and evening. High of 74. More showers and storms overnight with a low of 50.