Friday, April 12 Forecast Discussion

Today is thankfully much calmer in the weather department than yesterday. NWS Jackson and Birmingham survey teams are out looking at damage from the storms yesterday. The tornado that hit Kemper and Noxubee Counties will be rated at least an EF-3.

As we look forward into the weekend, sunny skies will be with us again for our Saturday as temperatures will spike towards 80. Clouds will begin arriving Saturday night ahead of a warm front arriving on Sunday. Timing and placement of the front are an issue, but recent models runs are bringing the front further north and also giving the chance for some strong to severe storms. No tornadoes with this event, but some strong winds and hail are possible through the day along and south of wherever the front sets up.

The first part of next week will be very warm, humid, but mostly quiet. While some models are hinting at afternoon storms each day (like our typical summertime pattern), I will keep them out of the forecast for now because it appears high pressure will hold tough until Thursday.

Thursday will bring our next cold front into the area. This system does not look to be as powerful as the one we just saw, but thunderstorms do look to be possible with this storm. Since we are just over a week out, it is too early to say what mode of storms we will see, but early indications are a squall line. We will be watching this system very closely.

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