The National Weather Service in Jackson is putting the Pine Belt on notice that tomorrow’s weather could get a little rough. It’s all part of a huge storm system rolling across the U.S. In fact, some are calling the storm one of the biggest to ever hit the country. In addition to the storms in the area, the rest of the storm will bring severe icing from Texas towards St. Louis and up to 2 feet of snow in the midwest including Chicago.
* Wind Advisory in effect 9am till Midnight Tuesday.
Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph will be increasing Tuesday morning along the Mississippi River. Wind speeds of 30 to 40 mph will likely occur by midday generally west of the Interstate 55 corridor before spreading to the rest of the area by 300 PM.
Some gusts could reach 45 to 50 mph across the Mississippi Delta Region ahead of a front.
Once the strong cold front passes…winds will shift abruptly to the northwest at 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts lasting into Tuesday evening before they diminish from the south to north overnight.
* Impacts: wind gusts of 40 miles per hour and higher can bring down large limbs or rotted trees and blow loose objects causing serious injury and property damage. Exercise caution if you are outdoors during these strong winds.
Severe Storm/Tornado Risk
Severe thunderstorms with locally heavy rain will be possible Tuesday afternoon. These storms could contain a few strong tornadoes and damaging winds up to 70mph. The area at greatest likelihood to see these storms, is southeast of a line from Natchez to Jackson to Macon. These storms could also drop one to two inches of rain in a very brief period of time leading to ponding and flooding in some areas.
Timing of Storms