FOOTBALL FRIDAY FORECAST: Take the rain gear!
For the games that are still being played Friday night and haven't been moved, be sure you take rain jackets and ponchos with you.
Some games may start dry, but many will become messy. Spotty showers are possible at any point from noon through 4 PM. Showers and thunderstorms will increase starting around 5 PM Friday and move eastward through East Mississippi.
At kickoff, there will be some showers and thunderstorms around. Remember lightning can be deadly. If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you need to move indoors or into a vehicle that is not a convertible. Covered awnings or open dugouts are not sufficient lightning cover.
Showers and thunderstorms will increase through 10 PM and end with a sharp line of storms that marches eastward from 9 PM through 11 PM over East Mississippi and from 11 PM through 2 AM over West Alabama. Saturday will be drier, but a longer bout with rain could begin as early as Sunday. I'm tracking a fluid and active forecast for you coming up.
DROUGHT MONITOR UPDATE
The weekly Drought Monitor update was released today. "Abnormally Dry," the Drought Monitor's lowest level, has been upgraded to "Moderate Drought" for much of East Mississippi and West Alabama. Included in drought are parts of Lauderdale, Kemper, Noxubee, and Clarke counties in East Mississippi and Choctaw, Sumter, and Marengo counties in West Alabama. The rest of our area is still classified as "Abnormally Dry." We have some help on the way. A chance for rain is in the forecast every day for the next seven.
The Next 24 Hours
Showers and thunderstorms will pick up in our next 24 hours. This evening will be mainly dry. Beneath a partly cloudy sky, we will cool slowly through the 80s and into the 70s. Our low temperatures by morning will be in the mid-60s with increasing clouds through the night. Friday will start dry with mid-60s in the morning. A stray shower is possible, but we will mostly stay dry through noon. Spotty showers could begin increasing between noon and 4 PM, but a more drastic increase in the coverage of showers and thunderstorms will happen between 4 PM and 7 PM. Showers and thunderstorms will be scattered about the area for our high school football games. Rain can fall heavily at times. Lightning makes the storms dangerous. Lightning within 10 miles of a stadium is reason enough to delay the game. Showers and thunderstorms will wind down between midnight and 2 AM.
THE WEEKEND AND BEYOND
Saturday's rain will be primarily before sunrise. The rest of Saturday will be salvageable though cooler. Rain could return on Sunday as a low pressure wave forms over the Texas Gulf Coast and pushes a warm front northward across Mississippi and Alabama. On-and-off rain will likely last through Wednesday. Our Friday through Wednesday rainfall totals could be between two and three inches, which would really help to break the drought. A break from rain next Thursday could be a temporary break as rain could return next Friday.