Friday, July 18 Forecast Discussion

Flash Flood Watch for Lauderdale, Newton, Clarke (MS), Jasper, Jones, Scott and Smith Counties until 7pm Friday.

Showers have arrived a little earlier today thanks to lift from out ahead of the main system. As it approaches our area this evening, we could see a thunderstorm or two develop prior to about 1am. Any storm that does develop, if it can maintain itself, could produce some gusty winds and a brief tornado, but these threats are very limited.

The surface low with our system will pass through the area overnight and exit as we work through Saturday morning. Once this low passes, rain will come to an end (except for an isolated shower) and skies will attempt to thin. This will leave the back half of Saturday and Sunday mostly rain free with the exception of some stray to isolated showers.

Monday through Thursday will see the potential for only some isolated showers and storms as highs return back into the lower 90s with humidity still in place. Any storms will be our typical pop-up summertime storms. Friday will see a cold front attempt to approach our area from the north. Even if it does not make it all the way to East Mississippi and West Alabama, it will be in close enough proximity that it could touch off a few more showers and storms. After Saturday morning, next Friday is our best chance to see widespread rain.

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