** FLASH FLOOD WATCH WILL GO INTO EFFECT MONDAY AT 6AM THROUGH TUESDAY AT 6PM FOR KEMPER, LAUDERDALE, LEAKE, NEWTON, NESHOBA, NOXUBEE, SCOTT AND WINSTON COUNTIES.
It was a beautiful Sunday before clouds began to move into the area. Today's high at Meridian Regional Airport was 72 with an official low temperature of 40 - both above average for this time of year. Hopefully you got out and enjoyed the nice conditions today because our weather will be going downhill as we head into Monday morning.
Clouds will continue to increase and an isolated shower can't be completely ruled out. Lows will only drop into the upper 50s overnight as a warm front progresses to the north and continues to funnel in warm, moist air into the area.
Heavy rain will move in from the west overnight and create a messy morning commute. Be sure to give yourself extra time to arrive to your destination. A few thunderstorms will be possible as well, especially as we head into the afternoon hours. Widespread severe weather is not expected. Rainfall totals may range anywhere from 0.50" to over 2". High temperatures will be in the low 70s.
We will be stuck in a soggy pattern through Thursday, as a cold front stalls out across the state. This will allow for several disturbances to ride along the front and bring round after round of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. By the end of the week, rainfall totals could be as high as 7 inches in isolated locations. It is all going to depend on where the heaviest storms set up. Widespread amounts of 1" to 3" is expected. The heavy rain could cause flooding concerns on area lakes and rivers. Flash Flooding will also be a concern as well, which is why a Flash Flood Watch will go into effect tomorrow at 6 am through Tuesday at 6pm - and will likely be extended at some point.
As if the flooding concern wasn't enough, there will also be a threat for strong to severe storms Wednesday into Wednesday night. The SPC has already highlighted an Enhanced Risk (Level 3 out of 5) for severe weather which covers all of east Mississippi and west Alabama. It is too early to pin down the specifics of what our main threats will be, but be aware of the threat for some rough weather on Wednesday. Stay tuned with Newscenter 11 over the next several days for the latest details.