UPDATE: Severe storms possible Saturday afternoon and evening in northern Mississippi
Scattered rain and thunderstorms moving across Mississippi are expected to continue through the first half of the weekend.
An upper level disturbance over the state was triggering the areas of rain and thunderstorms Friday morning.
This disturbance will be shifting east by tonight with additional rain and storms possible through Friday evening. Some of the thunderstorms with the aid of daytime heating could become strong with damaging winds and hail as the main threats, mainly along and south of Interstate 20.
Slow-moving heavy rains had already prompted flash flood warnings with flooding reported around the Tupelo area. More than two inches of rainfall was recorded in the city from 8 to 11 a.m. Law enforcement reported a few trees were also blown down near the city of Tupelo in association with the storms.
On Saturday, with no relaxation in the abnormally warm weather combined with another more intense disturbance in the mid and upper levels coming down across parts of northern Mississippi in the northwest flow, could produce additional rain and thunderstorms by afternoon and evening.
It will not rain everywhere but any thunderstorms that develop will have the potential to become strong to severe with damaging winds and large hail as temperatures soar into the low to mid 80s once again. The areas most at risk are mainly along and north of a Meridian to Cleveland line, according to the National Weather Service.
Drier air and mostly sunny skies will return on Sunday with even warmer temperatures in the mid and upper 80s expected around the state.
A more organized storm system with strong cold front is forecast to cross the region sometime from Monday into Tuesday and this system has the potential to produce a widespread and significant outbreak of severe storms.
April is the most dangerous month for severe storms and tornadoes in Mississippi.
Everyone should stay updated on the latest weather information as it becomes available.