Wednesday, April 17 Forecast Discussion

Clouds have been in abundance again today, and will remain that way through the overnight and thicken up for our Thursday. Because of the increase in thicker clouds, temperatures will be a degree or two cooler Thursday than today.

Late Thursday is where our focus is in the short term as a strong cold front will be advancing across the Southern Plains through the day. This front should arrive in the Mississippi Delta during the evening hours and then continue moving eastward, arriving in East Mississippi between 10pm Thursday and 2am Friday with West Alabama seeing the storms arrive between 1am and 3am Friday.

This looks to be a mostly squall line event with the main threat being damaging winds in excess of 70 mph, but we could see supercells develop within the line, which means tornadoes are also possible. The good news with this event is that storms are not expected to develop ahead of the line, like last week, and this event will be a quick mover. The rain should be gone for all of our viewing area by 10am. Skies will then clear and a much cooler air mass arrives.

It is the cold air that will be a concern on Saturday morning, as some locations may get dangerously close to freezing. With many plants and crops already in the ground, this is something we are watching closely.

We return to seasonal weather to start next week before our next cold front with rain and even some storms arrives on Wednesday.

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