After a very mild weekend, the week is beginning wet and stormy... The heaviest storms have been confined to extreme South Mississippi and especially the Gulf Coast in Louisiana this morning. Fortunately, all Mississippi counties have been cleared from the tornado watch...
The rain will taper off to showers this afternoon, but the clouds will hang tough, and with a cooler air mass in place temperatures will hold in the upper 60s and low 70s, which is a good 15 to 20 degrees lower than yesterday!
Another round of storms arrives late tonight and early tomorrow morning (Tuesday) as a warm front heads north in advance of a strong upper level system; heavy rain with lightning, and some small hail will increase in coverage throughout the morning. Some strong storms develop in South Mississippi as warmer, moist, unstable air returns; the storms will be capable of producing damaging straight line wind, large hail, and even a few tornadoes. Of course timing and the exact tack of the system will determine where the greatest severe risk will occur, but as of now, the area along the Highway 84 corridor into Southeast Mississippi stands the best chance due to deeper moisture levels and warm air. A well defined boundary will set-up across the state separating the warm, unstable conditions from cooler, stable air. Along I-20, highs will run the 60s with 50s in the Delta, while South Mississippi soars into the 70s and low 80s.
The rain decreases in coverage Wednesday, followed by beautiful weather for the second half of the week, featuring mild, pleasant days and clear, cool nights.