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Possible Tornado Touch Down, Record Rainfall and More Cold Coming

JONES COUNTY, Miss.–With a strong cold front bringing rain to Mississippi Sunday, the state got some of the precip that’s been much needed. Several rainfall records were set around the state. But, with that rain came severe storms for the southern half of the Magnolia State and now some serious cold weather is coming in that could bring Tuesday morning lows into the teens.

There was a possible tornado touchdown Sunday evening in Jones County, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Byrd.

“Our survey team will probably go out this morning to take a look at it,” he said. A team from the Weather Service will determine if it was a tornado, and if so, how strong.

“A few chicken houses damaged about six miles east of Laurel.”

He said most storm damage was confined to Jones County, with some wind damage in Forrest County.

Jackson had record rainfall, with 3.2 inches. The old record was 2.21. Meridian also set a record of 2.5 inches, beating the 2.21 inches set in 1987. Tupelo also had record rainfall of 2.83 inches, beating the 1957 record of 2.59.

Behind the rain is colder air. Highs today will stay near 40 or below in north Mississippi and could get as high as 48 in Hattiesburg and areas south.

Extreme cold will come in tonight.

“Overnight lows will range from the upper teens in north Mississippi, to the mid 20s for south Mississippi.”

He said there will be a warm up by mid week.

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