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More Storms Expected This Evening

Dangerous Heat & Severe Weather Briefing – Issued Friday, July 20, 2018, at 5 AM CDT

Posted by US National Weather Service Memphis Tennessee on Friday, July 20, 2018

By Alyssa Schnugg
Staff Writer
alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

As a front moves down from the northwest into the South, Lafayette County could be subject to some severe thunderstorm this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Lafayette County is currently under a marginal risk for severe weather, but true to Mississippi’s weather patterns, that could change in the blink of an eye.
The NWS has a 60 percent chance of severe weather listed for Lafayette County after 7 p.m.
“That could mean wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, maybe some 1-inch hail,” said Oxford Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Allgood. “The worst of the weather is expect to hit to the northwest of us in Tennessee.”
Allgood said the risk for tornadoes tonight is minimal, but not impossible.
“It’s a slight risk for our area but that doesn’t mean one can’t pop up,” he said.
Allgood recommends residents watch the weather reports over the next few hours and check for any weather alerts on social media or through cell phones.
“Monitor the weather and be prepared,” he said.
The last several thunderstorms in Oxford and Lafayette County in the past week have produced a lot of lightning, Allgood said.
“That is probably the biggest threat with the storms coming in,” he said.
Lafayette County is currently under a heat advisory through 8 p.m. tonight.
The storms are expected to drop temperatures slightly over the next few days with highs around 88 and 89.
Saturday has just a 20 percent chance of rain and Sunday is forecasted to be sunny and clear with a high of 88.


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