First Alert Forecast: heat continues; TS Barry churns up the Gulf

Heat Advisories remain in effect through 7PM tonight as 105-110° feels-like temperatures continue to impact the area. Actual high temperatures topped out in the mid 90s. Scattered showers and storms will be possible once again this afternoon and evening, and a few of them could be strong. We’ll also have to watch out for isolated, brief tornadoes as Tropical Storm Barry nears the region.

Barry will continue to move into a favorable environment for intensification as we finish out the work week, leaving Gulf Coast states with the potential of seeing a strong Tropical Storm or Category 1 Hurricane to make landfall Saturday morning. The latest NHC forecast cone has Barry making landfall along the Louisiana coastline before moving north through Louisiana/Mississippi into the weekend. Our local impacts will depend heavily on Barry’s actual track over the next couple of days.

Because the potential exists that we in Central and SW Mississippi could find ourselves along and slightly east of the track, we have issued Alert Days for Saturday and Sunday. Rain chances will pick up slightly into Friday and we will also run the chance of seeing a few tornadoes throughout the day. Prolonged heavy rainfall, with the continued tornado potential, would then move in this weekend in this scenario.

Counties along and south of I-20 are officially under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday morning as this is the area could see the most rain out of all of us, anywhere from 6-10″ with higher amounts possible in our southernmost counties.

Even though forecast changes are still possible and we could end up on the good side of Barry, leaving us with limited impacts, now is the time to make sure you are prepared and weather aware this weekend. The First Alert Weather Team is monitoring this storm closely and will continue to pass along important updates over the next few days! Download our First Alert Weather App and turn your notifications *ON* so that you can hear them & any other watches/warnings that may come out for the area!

First Alert Forecast: heat continues; tropical impacts likely by weekend

Rachel Coulter

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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