Tornado Warning in Central Mississippi

| March 27, 2009 @ 9:32 pm | 236 Replies

The NWS in Jackson has issued a tornado warning for northeastern Simpson, southeastern Rankin and northwestern Smith Counties in Central Mississippi.

A dangerous storm is just northeast of Mendenhall, or about 12 miles southeast of Brandon. It is about to cross I-20.

Other storms are over southern Mississippi. A tornado warning for Pike County MS will expire at 9:30 p.m.

Rain is now within 30 miles of the western Alabama border. The northern extent of the rain is near Starkville now.

There was just a lightning strike near Lousiville MS with this activity.

This rain and thunder will spread into western Alabama later this evening. There will likely be a few severe thunderstorm warnings with this first round.

The main activity will come later, after 3 a.m., as the cold front pushes eastward across Louisiana. A strong low level jet and colder air aloft should help to rapidly destabilize the airmass over Alabama as we head toward morning.

This will set the stage for an increasing severe weather threat as we head through the pre-dawn hours.

Before you retire for the evening, make sure you that you set your weather radio or get up to check weather conditions overnight.

Saturday will be active until early afternoon as severe weather parameters will be increasing until a dryline moves through.

The main cold front will put an end to the thunderstorm activity and usher in colder air.

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