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First Alert Forecast: scattered storms expected today as we wrap up the weekend

Scattered storms expected for today
Scattered storms expected for today(WLBT)
Published: Aug. 15, 2021 at 5:14 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2021 at 7:45 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Today’s forecast will likely feature more scattered storms. Temperatures are forecast to work their way to the upper 80s to lower 90s this afternoon under partly to mainly cloudy skies. With a front just to the north of the area, scattered to numerous showers and storms are expected today, especially into the afternoon hours. Some storms could produce locally heavy rainfall, lightning, and gusty winds. Since some of these storms could be slow movers while producing heavy downpours, I can’t completely rule out a few areas of localized flash flooding.

Fred is expected to get better organized today and regain tropical storm strength. The latest forecast track has Fred making landfall along the AL coast or FL panhandle tomorrow afternoon. We are still forecast to remain on the west side of Fred. So, we really won’t see impacts from the system considering most of the impacts will be felt east of the circulation. However, we are still expecting scattered showers and storms around here tomorrow with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s.

The rest of the work week looks very summery. It will be hot and humid each day with seasonal highs in the lower 90s. With the intense heating of the day, we will likely watch out for the potential for pop-up downpours/storms each afternoon. Tropical Storm Grace continues to follow a similar path to Fred through the Caribbean and is expected to emerge into the Guld by Thursday or so. It’s too soon to say if Grace will impact our area, but it’s something we continue to monitor.

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