Severe weather possible Monday afternoon; no changes to school yet [updated at 8:05 p.m. with county, Opp school information]

Published 5:13 pm Sunday, April 2, 2017

Covington County EMA director Susan Harris said Sunday afternoon that forecasters are continuing to monitor a potent weather system which brings an increased risk of severe storms to the local area on Monday.

School officials said they, too, are monitoring the weather, and will make decisions about possible schedule changes on Monday.

Harris said atmospheric conditions are such, that all modes of severe weather are possible.

A squall line of strong to severe storms will move through the Covington County area, with the potential for isolated tornadoes, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, large hail, and locally heavy rainfall.

WHAT: Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible ahead of the main line and would have a greater tornado risk. Some tornadoes could be strong. See the attached graphics depicting the severe weather risk areas and latest thinking on timing of the squall line. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts possible. The fast eastward movement of the squall line, though may limit rainfall amounts needed for Flash Flood Watch issuance at this time with any flooding looking to remain isolated in coverage

WHERE: The entire forecast area may see severe weather impacts.

WHEN? – The severe weather threat looks to begin over southeast Mississippi during the predawn hours Monday, with the threat spreading eastward through the remainder of the forecast area during the day.

SCHOOL: Andalusia Superintendent Ted Watson said if it appears that city schools need to dismiss early tomorrow, officials will make that call about midmorning. School will begin as normal on Mon., April 3, students’ first day back from spring break.

The Covington County School system sent the following message early Sunday evening: “Covington County Schools is currently monitoring the possibility of severe weather tomorrow. Please monitor your local news outlets and school nnotification systems for possible early dismissal. Until further notice, CCS will follow its normal schedule Monday.

Opp Superintendent Michael Smithart said Sunday night that Opp officials plan now to hold regular school hours tomorrow. They will reevaluate at 5 a.m. Monday,  he said.