Tornado watch out for central, south Miss.

By National Weather Service

JACKSON — Much of central and south Mississippi is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Tuesday as a cold front moves through the state.

Mark McAllister, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Jackson, said that showers were expected to intensify into severe weather this afternoon and overnight.

McAllister said showers developed over south Mississippi during the day Tuesday with the cold front.

He said a flash watch was out for the entire state through Wednesday.

Some heavy rainfall was expected in north Mississippi, but no watches had been issued for that area.

Forecasters said the storm front could be accompanied by some damaging winds in south Mississippi.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s beginning Wednesday night behind the cold front.

Forecast from the National Weather Service.

This Afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61. Southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 55. South southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

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