Mississippi Skies Bulletin: Severe weather threat increases

Published 6:27 pm Thursday, January 11, 2024

Our second round of severe weather for this week is expected to arrive right on time Friday morning. A few strong to severe storms could arrive earlier, even as early as 10 p.m. in the Mississippi Delta.

All modes of severe weather are possible in this region, especially along the Mississippi River. This area is under a Level 2 risk tonight.

The main event arrives for the entire state Friday. Much of northern Mississippi is under a Level 3 risk, beginning about 6 a.m. The primary threat will be destructive winds, but tornadoes and hail can’t be ruled out. The Level 3 threat stretches from northern Mississippi all the way south towards the I-20 corridor and includes Vicksburg, Jackson, Brandon, Newton, and Meridian. Winds of up to 80 miles per hour are possible.

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A Level 2 covers all remaining areas of the state. Damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour, hail, and tornadoes are all possible.

Severe storms are expected to move out of Mississippi by noon Friday.

After the storms move through, we will remain under a Level 2 risk statewide for strong winds. Winds up to 50 miles per hour are possible as the front moves through, even away from thunderstorms.