04/13 Ryan’s “Pre-Severe” Friday Night Forecast

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Severe weather will soon be moving into the area, and today’s dramatic change in conditions is preparing the way. The cloud cover, humidity, and temperature all rose as expected this afternoon and will continue to do so through the night and into tomorrow. The front will begin moving in during the late morning to early afternoon, but while models are not yet in consensus as to when this will be more likely, I personally think we’ll see the first of the significant weather moving in around 10 AM. This system is expected to set up as a “squall line,” meaning the most significant threats will be damaging straight-line winds in excess of 70 mph and prolonged heavy rains leading to flooding. There is also a very small chance of hail, and a small chance of a weak/short-lived tornado. The bulk of the activity will move through South MS between noon and 6 PM, but rain and the potential for strong storms will continue through the night before clearing early Sunday. We’ll be on hand through the day for cut-ins if warranted, with updates throughout the day. You can also download our free “WXXV Weather Authority” app for live, interactive radar and the latest updates on watch/warning information for your area. Stay tuned.