Thunderstorms and, more importantly, rain, are headed toward South Mississippi as two cold fronts are expected to push storm systems through the area.
The National Weather Service in Slidell predicted thunderstorms moving in by Monday night and again Tuesday night. The heaviest rains and an increased chance of severe weather are expected Tuesday night, possibly lingering into Wednesday morning.
Any severe storms could bring damaging wind gusts, hail and isolated tornadoes, the weather service warns, and winds could be 25 to 30 mph with frequent, higher gusts.
Much of central and southwest Mississippi, including Pearl River county, was under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Monday. The coastal counties were included in a wind advisory until 6 p.m., and the weather service reported gusts of up to 40 mph in the area. There is also a small craft advisory on the waters until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
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More advisories are expected to be issued Tuesday.
With the second cold front, the Coast should finally start seeing some holiday-appropriate temperatures that are closer to average for this time of year. Temperatures could even dip into the 30s in northern parts of the area by Thursday.
Tuesday’s high is expected to stay near 80 before the second cold front arrives that night. Wednesday’s high should only reach near 70, with temperatures continuing to drop all the way into the 40s that night. And Thursday’s high is predicted by a chilly 65, with lows hovering around 40.
After a sunny Thursday and Friday, rain chances increase and cloud cover could keep temperatures chilly through the weekend.