Mississippi Skies Bulletin: Severe weather, tornado threats increase

Published 2:36 pm Sunday, January 7, 2024

There have been some changes in Monday night’s forecast and the changes aren’t the best of news.

With the latest update from the Storm Prediction Center, the overnight threat for severe weather has increased with a “hatched” area for tornadoes included. Most of these storms will actually be early Tuesday morning.

A Level 1 risk includes the Mississippi Delta and north-central eastern Mississippi. Communities include Greenville, Greenwood, Eupora, Columbus, Yazoo City, Philadelphia, and Vicksburg. In this area, damaging wind gusts and isolated severe storms are the primary threats.

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A Level 2 zone includes Natchez, Brookhaven, Jackson, Magee, Laurel, and Meridian.  A few tornadoes are possible, along with damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour, large hail, and heavy rainfall.

A Level 3 covers the rest of the state from Hattiesburg south to the Gulf Coast and includes Picayune, Wiggins, McComb, Columbia, and the beach communities. In the Level 3, most of the area is included in the emphasized “hatched” zone for large tornadoes being possible. These storms could be especially dangerous as they are likely to occur overnight. All other modes of severe weather are included in this zone.