Friday Evening Weather

16 WAPT Chief Meteorologist David Hartman has the forecast for Jackson and Central Mississippi.

Video Transcript

- Well, we have a stormy late evening and overnight time frame. Been talking about this the last couple of days, and here comes that storm energy. Look at these storms explode today across Texas and Oklahoma. Big thunderstorms. Cloud tops going pretty high, and showers and thunderstorms will continue to increase into Mississippi as the evening wears along.

And this warm front is going to be crucial. Look how quickly these showers and storms have developed late this afternoon as we head through the evening. Right along that warm front areas of rain and thunderstorms will develop, and that'll end up being a focal point for very heavy rainfall through the course of the evening. Look at the temperature disparity from south, where it's in the 70s, to cloudy cool conditions around the Jackson metro area, and off to the north.

66 in Vicksburg, 74 in Natchez, 64 here in Jackson, 73 and Macomb. So that is that boundary. And it is going to be pretty crucial. Late this afternoon into the evening hours, tornado watch just to our west. Severe thunderstorm watch off into parts of Texas, and probably later on tonight we will have some sort of watch in our area.

Here's how it unfolds now. Watch how the showers and thunderstorms increase and especially along into the north of that warm front is the area where the rain will really ramp up and be heavy. Torrential downpours, a lot of rain in a short period of time. And then as we head through the evening, it's right along this area, the warm front from Natchez over into Brookhaven, that's where the threat of a stronger storm, isolated severe storm, strong winds possible down there. So we'll keep an eye on that.

So primary threat for the majority of the viewing area is heavy rain, but there could be some severe storms or two tomorrow afternoon. A cold front to come through. There could be an afternoon shower. But most of the rain falls overnight.

And I've been telling you all week, several inches of rain expected and the forecast does remain for two to four inches and a spot or two certainly could see more rainfall than that. This threat looks like it will go through three to four AM, and again one to four inches across the area, and a severe storm or two is possible.

Next week starts off sunny and warm. Wednesday night into Thursday, a front will come through. There'll be a round of storms with that followed by cooler weather. Torrential downpours and thunderstorms, flash flooding possible, and an isolated severe storm or two. Tomorrow 78, can't rule out a passing afternoon thundershower as that cold front moves through. And look at the forecast. Sunday nice, Monday, Tuesday, look at those warm temperatures next week.