Severe weather, possible tornadoes, damaging winds, rain showers projected this evening

The National Weather Service severe weather update
The National Weather Service severe weather update

Rain showers, damaging winds and possible tornadic weather are possible Wednesday evening in the Jackson area and other counties in central Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson.

Meteorologist at the NWS Jackson Chad Entremont said the main concern this evening is damaging winds that could exceed 70 mph and possible tornadoes.

"The majority of the severe weather will take place late in the afternoon starting around 3 to 5 p.m. and continuing throughout the night," Entremont said. "Also, hail could be a factor depending on the conditions of the rain."

Entremont said flooding isn't expected but some areas could see 1 to 2 inches of rain.

The Jackson area is at an enhanced risk of severe weather, he said.

The Clarion-Ledger will update this story as the storm progresses.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Severe weather is expected for Jackson MS in late afternoon.