Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Springtime storm approaching the Mid-South

After a few days of nice weather, with crisp mornings and warm afternoons, the next weather system will be making it's way into the Mid-South Friday and Saturday.  Showers and a few thunderstorms will be likely Friday as south wind brings in ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a cold front.  High temperatures will be mild though - in the upper 60s. Showers and thunderstorms will continue into the night Friday night and at least the first half of Saturday with a slight chance of a few storms becoming severe, though the severe potential does not appear to be as high as last week's storms systems.  The main threat with this system could end up being flooding as training thunderstorms (storms that move over the same areas) and many hours of rain could bring a few to several inches to some areas.  The total rainfall expected with this system is shown in the image below - nearly 2" for much of the Mid-South.

5-day total precipitation forecast from Wednesday evening through Monday evening
The cold front will move through during the day Saturday, bringing a temporary end to warm weather as temps plummet into the 40s by Saturday evening.  Scattered showers could also linger into the evening hours. By Sunday morning, the rain will be gone, but it will be a cold day behind the departing system with lows in the 30s and highs struggling to reach 50.  Another warm-up begins Monday before the next weather-maker arrives around the middle of next week.

For forecast details, check out the Memphis forecast from MWN and stay tuned for later statements regarding possible severe weather and flooding concerns.

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