16 WAPT Meteorologist Christana Kay has the forecast for Jackson and Central Mississippi.
CHRISTANA KAY: It was an active night. Lots of lightning and thunder and several storm reports, not only in Mississippi, but across multiple states. We ended up having the worst of the weather between around 10:00 to 2:00 this morning. Then when the main line came through where we were expecting the worst of the wind threat, it actually weakened because of that rain cooled air. Temperatures were in the 60s by around 3:00, 4:00 this morning. So it could have been much worse.
Still saw a lot of storm reports out there. We'll get to that in just a second. By around 7:00 this morning, the heaviest of the rain down towards the coastline. Lots of lightning, still a lot of fuel to the fire for this system.
But notice, the Jackson metro starting to see clear conditions this morning. This is quickly going to move on out by around 9:00. Everybody should be dry. And we should see improving conditions when it comes to the sky conditions, so sunshine back in the picture.
Rainfall totals anywhere between about two to four, five inches of rain. Isolated spots possibly getting six inches of rain. And this is one of the reasons why we mentioned the flash flood threat was possible. We were in a drought. And it doesn't take much for being in a drought and then adding several inches of rain to cause some flash flooding issues. And we definitely saw that, not only across the Magnolia State, but especially in the metro Belhaven community seeing lots of reports for flash flooding this morning.
And here's an example. This is up in Tupelo, Mississippi. But this is an example of what not to do. When we see that ponding on the road, we say turn around, don't drown. However, we ended up seeing a car go right through that ponding. Fortunately, the person is OK. And fortunately, that car was able to get out. But it starts to kind of float on that-- I mean, wow. Crazy to think about. Crazy video, absolutely. But this is an example of what not to do. If you see ponding on the road, turn around, don't drown. Be smart.
Now another picture, too close for comfort. This is from Dr. Barrett Gutter from Mississippi State University. Getting that shutter picture from lightning hitting the ground. This is a couple yards away from him.
And then we have another picture from our chief meteorologist David Hartman. He was on vacation in Orange Beach, Alabama. And unfortunately, when he was leaving to come back home, he got some of those thunderstorms that had hailers, large hail, softball, baseball sized hail, tennis ball sized hail, and did some damage to the cars around his area. He had some damage to his car, but it wasn't as worse as what others had to deal with.
Right now this morning, dealing with overcast skies on County Line Road. Temperatures now dropping into the upper 50s, low 60s around 7:00 this morning. And the gusts really have diminished over the past couple of hours.
Now I will say, the wind speeds will pick back up later this afternoon. We should have gusts around 15 to 25 miles an hour in spots later on today. But this too will subside overnight tonight. So again, continuing to see those improving conditions through the day today.
We start off mostly cloudy this morning. 66 by 9:00, 73 by noon. And notice, we start to see that sunshine break out of the clouds by the afternoon, 76 degrees. Continue with clear skies, 75 by 5:00. And then we get into the upper 60s, low 70s by 7:00.
This evening, if you're heading to Veterans Memorial Stadium for the JSU homecoming game, kick off at 2:00 really looking to be nice and comfortable, 76 degrees with decreasing clouds through the day. Now we have a high pressure settling in tomorrow. This is going to cause lots of sunshine all across the region, very little cloud cover and comfortable conditions.
This is what I'm calling out pick of the week. Reason being, that high pressure quickly exiting the picture tomorrow night into Monday. That's going to cause an increase of cloud cover through the first half of the week. And then we'll have a couple of rounds for showers. This is not expecting to be potent, just some pops of showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm or two.
But the big story really does look to be the drop in temperatures. Watch what happens. We go from the upper 70s to the low 80s Monday, Tuesday. And that front moves through, we get back to around seasonal, closer to it at least in the morning hours. Mid 50s in the morning, upper 60s, low 70s in the afternoon.