JACKSON, Miss.–With over 50,000 people expected in the capital city for the Mal’s St. Patty’s Day Parade, and thousands expected on the coast for several big celebrations, plus a big barbeque festival going on in Tupelo, it seems like a bad weekend for rain. But, it may happen.
News Mississippi spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist David Cox, who’s been keeping an eye on a weather system that’s expected to roll in Saturday morning.
He said most of the rain will likely hold off until the afternoon hours.
“It does look like the heaviest precipitation will occur Saturday evening. Rain chances will be around 80 percent,” he said. “There also is a potential Saturday afternoon to late evening for some strong to severe storms in southwestern Mississippi.”
He said there could be quarter sized hail with the storms.
Cox said light rain could be happening while parades are happening in the morning, so an umbrella, at least, would probably be a good idea.