UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch expanded for much of Central Mississippi including Jackson
Multiple rounds of rain and thunderstorms along a stalling frontal boundary is expected to lead to some flash flooding problems across parts of Mississippi.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all Northern Mississippi for the potential of excessive rainfall amounts over three inches through early Thursday morning.
The Flash Flood Watch covers 30 out Mississippi’s 82 counties and includes the town and cities of Columbus, Starkville, West Point, Macon, Tupelo, Corinth, Greenville, Greenwood, Grenada, Cleveland, Southaven, Aberdeen, Oxford, Clarksdale, Pontotoc, Ashland, Holly Springs and Tunica.
Scattered heavy rain and thunderstorms were moving across Northern Mississippi Wednesday morning with some of the storms prompting severe thunderstorm warnings for the potential of damaging winds and hail.
As the frontal boundary slows and stalls somewhere across parts of Central and Northern Mississippi today with the main storm energy shifting northeast away from the area, multiple rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms will likely continue to track across some of the same areas from west to east along the frontal boundary and with a very moist airmass in place across the region, could lead to excessive rainfall amounts.
The potential exist for more than three inches of rainfall across parts of Northern Mississippi through early on Thursday, which is enough to cause some flash flooding problems.
Severe weather threat exist
In addition to the heavy rain and flash flood threat, isolated thunderstorms will continue to have the potential to become severe with damaging winds and hail as the primary threats, primarily across portions of Central and Northern Mississippi throughout the day.
A Tornado Watch was in effect for Northern Mississippi until 5 am CDT Wednesday morning but was replaced with a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for parts of Northern Mississippi until 9 am CDT Wednesday morning, including all areas along the Highway 82 corridor from Greenville to Starkville and Columbus.
South Mississippi will see little to if any rain and thunderstorm activity with the frontal boundary remaining across North and Central Mississippi through early on Thursday.
The frontal boundary is expected to lift back to the north as a warm front on Thursday with any remaining rain and storms decreasing as the day progresses, leaving weather conditions that will remain fairly warm and humid in the 80s into the Easter Holiday Weekend.
Everyone is advised to stay updated on the latest weather information as it becomes available.
Flash Flood Watch Counties
Attala, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Itawamba, Kemper, Lafayette, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Union, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha