Mississippi Skies: Cold front to bring severe weather potential, tropical storm-force wind threat

Published 8:49 pm Saturday, January 6, 2024

A powerful cold front moving our way to bring the threats of severe weather for most of us and tropical storm-force winds for all of us.

The risk area for Monday night’s severe potential has expanded northward since the last check.

A Level 2 risk includes the Gulf Coast, Natchez, Wiggins, McComb, Brookhaven, Columbia, Laurel, Hattiesburg, and Picayune. In this area, severe storms are possible with tornadoes and damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour, mainly Monday night.

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Communities included in the Level 1 risk are Meridian, Vicksburg, Jackson, Yazoo City, Grenada, Philadelphia, Greenville, Greenwood, Eupora, Starkville, and Columbus. Damaging wind gusts and severe thunderstorms are the main threats in this region.

In addition to the severe risk, there is a threat of strong winds across the entire state overnight Monday. Gusts up to 50 miles per hour are possible, even away from thunderstorms. The wind threat will continue through the day on Tuesday after storms move out of the region.

In the meantime, we’ll have a nice day of transition across the Magnolia State Sunday with plenty of sunshine and cool temperatures.

North Mississippi

Sunny with a high of 51. Mostly clear Sunday night with a low of 29.

Central Mississippi

Cloudy early, then sunny with a high of 53. Partly cloudy overnight with a low of 31.

South Mississippi

Sunny with a high of 56. Mostly cloudy Sunday night with a low of 36. Breezy with wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour possible.

Gulf Coast

Sunny with a high of 60. Becoming mostly cloudy overnight with a low of 42.