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More rain for the weekend and a threat for severe weather Sunday

NAM simulated radar image for 10 PM Sunday from Weatherbell.com NAM simulated radar image for 10 PM Sunday from Weatherbell.com

We've endured rain four out of five days this week. Now, as the weekend arrives, more rain is in the forecast but we may have to deal with some severe weather as well before it's all said and done. 

Two weather systems will impact the Mid-South this weekend, bringing rain and thunderstorms.  The first system will exit eastern Texas early Saturday morning and move northeast toward the Tennessee River Valley.  This will bring a surge of warm moist air to the region late Saturday afternoon, triggering rain and thunderstorms over much of the area as we get into Saturday night.  A few scattered showers will likely breakout Saturday afternoon in advance of the main area of rainfall.  This first round of rain has the potential to produce a half an inch to an inch of rain to the WMC Action News 5 coverage area.  Heavier rainfall amounts are likely in eastern Arkansas and northern Mississippi.  This first round of rain will exit the area by early Sunday morning. 

The next system will be in the form of a cold front moving out of the Central Plains early Sunday.  This front will arrive in the Mid-South by Sunday evening.  The front is poised to bring a line of rain and thunderstorms and the threat for severe weather.  The main severe threat will be damaging wind and hail.  At this time the threat for tornadoes is low but it is still a possibility.  The line is poised to enter eastern Arkansas by the late afternoon and continue moving east through west Tennessee and north Mississippi.  The line should cross the Mississippi River around 10 p.m. Sunday night.  Once this line clears the area, cooler, drier air will quickly fill in behind the front making for a much better pattern to start next week. 

We're watching these two systems closely and will have further updates on the air and online.  If you have a weather radio make sure it is plugged in and turned on in the event of severe warnings.  It's also good idea to download the WMC Action News 5 Storm Tracker app to your smart phone or iPad.  You'll get warnings and have the ability to track the weather as it move through the Mid-South.

Meteorologist Spencer Denton will be tracking the weather all day Saturday and Sunday morning. I'll join him Sunday afternoon and be here until the front exits Sunday night.  Stay weather aware this weekend and then get ready for some much better weather for next week.    

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