Watches, Warnings & Advisories for Sunflower Co.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Severe Weather expected Tuesday, February 1, 2011

An area of low pressure will move into the region tomorrow, bringing high winds and the possibility of severe weather.

Southerly winds of 20mph will be increasing Tuesday morning along the Mississippi River to speeds of 30 to 40mph by midday, generally west of Interstate 55.  The south winds will spread to the rest of the area by 3:00pm.  Some gusts could reach 45 to 50mph across the Mississippi Delta Region ahead of a strong cold front, and wind advisories have been posted.

In addition, severe thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall will be possible Tuesday.  Damaging winds up to 80mph will be the main risk, but a few tornadoes will also be possible.  Brief heavy downpours of one to two inches could lead to the ponding of water in the roads and minor flooding of poor drainage areas.  Very strong wind fields and adequate instability are expected to contribute to the development of a squall line of thunderstorms that should move into the Northeast Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas areas by noon Tuesday, and sweep rapidly to the east.

Northwest winds behind the front will average 25 to 35mph into Tuesday evening before gradually subsiding.

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