Incoming weather system could create ice

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The next weather system in a tumultuous winter season thus far will be impacting the area today.

A low-surface pressure area forming over the western Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday was predicted to move east-northeast across the north central and northeast Gulf of Mexico on today.

The precipitation will first move into southeast Mississippi and extreme southwest Alabama around daybreak, and spread rapidly east across the remainder of the forecast area.

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Fortunately, most of the precipitation will occur during the daylight hours when temperatures will be increasing slowly throughout the day.

Therefore, the precipitation will fall as rain, mainly from late morning through the afternoon hours.

However, it could be cold enough for 2-3 hours early this morning for a few ice pellets to mix with the rain across northern Choctaw county. But there will not be any accumulation or travel problems.

The rain will end just as fast as it started, tapering off from west to east during the evening hours.  Widespread rainfall totals will range from 0.75 to 1.00 inch northwest of I-65…and from 1 to 1.30 inches southeast of I-65.

Locally, heavier amounts upwards of 2 inches southeast of I-65 could result in nuisance urban flooding.