JACKSON, Miss.--Severe storms are possible over a large portion of the state today as a strong cold front makes its way through the area. Damaging winds of 50 to 60 mph are possible, along with hail, dangerous lightening and tornadoes.
The entire state should be weather aware, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. The severe threat will remain with Mississippi through tonight, but as the cold front moves through it will diminish.
Behind the severe weather will be much cooler air, giving the Magnolia State highs only in the 50s for Tuesday and going lower as the week progresses. Saturday's highs could dip down below 40 in some spots.
With today's severe threat, it's important to monitor local radio and TV and have your NOAA weather radio handy. If you don't have one, today would be a good day to make the purchase. You can program them to go off automatically, even waking you up when there is a threat for your particular area.
In case of a tornado have a plan ready for your family. If a tornado watch is issued, be on high alert. If you live in a mobile home have a plan to go to a more substantial structure.
If a tornado warning is issued, get to a basement or the lowest floor of your home. Stay away from windows and put as many walls as possible between you and the storm. If the tornado is imminent, cover your head and protect your body.