Covington County at ‘marginal’ risk in forecast of Friday storm system

Published 10:14 am Thursday, March 2, 2023

The Covington County Emergency Management Agency continues to track a storm system that could impact the area early Friday.

This potent storm system is forecast to lift from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley Thursday night into Friday morning.  Officials are still expecting an associated narrow line of storms to move across the area early Friday morning into early Friday afternoon. There is the potential for a few strong to severe storms embedded within the line as it moves across the area.

Officials expect the line to enter southeast Mississippi by approximatey 6 a.m. Friday morning. The line will progress east across the area through the morning hours and is expected to exit to the east of the Covington County area early Friday afternoon, possibly about 1 p.m.

The severe potential continues to trend slightly lower, with the greatest severe threat over interior southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama to the north of the U.S. Highway 84 corridor with lower confidence in severe weather further south. The primary severe threat will be damaging wind gusts over 60 mph and although a tornado cannot be ruled out.

The Covington County area has decreased from a “slight” chance of severe storms to “marginal.” Strong southerly gradient winds are still likely to develop late Thursday night into early Friday afternoon with gusts over 40 miles per hour possible. A Wind Advisory has been issued for the entire area during this time.