Severe weather is on the horizon for Wednesday
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 18:27
Severe storms are likely for portion of MS on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Primary threats: large hail, widespread damaging winds, and a few tornadoes.
"A few storms may also produce locally heavy downpours, which could produce localized minor flooding", the weather service reported.
Of course, cold air will follow behind this storm on Wednesday. After the storms pass through, temperatures will drop steadily.
The Storm Prediction Center has put our entire area in an "Enhanced" risk for severe weather Tuesday and Tuesday night. It's model data, so exact timing will change, but you can see the idea of an approaching line of gusty showers and thunderstorms moving into the metro.
The development of a low-level jet, a fast-moving ribbon of air with speeds of 40 to 70-plus knots in the low to mid-levels of the atmosphere, will present a damaging wind threat.
The Wyoming Valley could see some severe storms as a cold front moves into the region on Wednesday.
Large hail, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes will be possible.
It looks like our first round of storms will move in from in late Tuesday/early Wednesday, primarily after midnight.
Partly cloudy skies are predicted for Thursday night, along with a 30 percent chance of snow. There is still a lot of uncertainty focused around if storms can develop in the late afternoon and evening.
The overnight low will be in the mid 20s, forecasts show. Southerly winds of 15-20 miles per hour will gust to 30 miles per hour at times, giving us a higher fire risk Tuesday.
There was a massive temperature range across our area today; much of central Alabama stayed in the upper 40s most of the day, while the southern counties of the state skyrocketed into the 70s earlier.