Strong to severe storms that are expected to breakout across the state Wednesday night into early Thursday could also produce some significant flooding problems.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood watch for the entire area along and northwest of the Natchez Trace Parkway including all of northern, much of central and portions of southwestern Mississippi through early Thursday evening.
This watch covers the counties of Adams, Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, De Soto, Franklin, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo.
“Soils remain nearly saturated across much of the region even with active vegetation. Widespread rainfall of two to four inches with locally higher amounts in a short period of time will lead to the potential for flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding,” the NWS said.
Areas outside of the watch area will also see heavy rainfall but not as much with average amounts of one to two inches as a line of storms slowly moves across the state.
This intense line of storms are expected to form out ahead of a strong cold front over Louisiana and Arkansas Wednesday afternoon and track eastward across the state between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the NWS.
The storms will be encountering a very warm, moist and unstable airmass in place across the region and with a highly sheared environment, will make for favorable atmospheric conditions for severe storms capable of also producing large hail, damaging winds over 60 mph and isolated tornadoes.
The state is in the midst of its most active period for severe storms and tornadoes from March through early May. The month of April is historically the most active for tornadoes.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said early Monday that they are closely monitoring this potential for severe weather this week and advised everyone to share the word.
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