Possible thunderstorms, heavy rain tonight into Friday

Published 10:50 am Thursday, March 14, 2024

Oxford could see some heavy rains and a few severe thunderstorms over the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Oxford is currently listed as having a slight risk, a 2 on a 1-5 risk scale, for severe storms between 8 p.m. today through 6 a.m. on Friday.

From 3 to 7 p.m. today, our area is also included in the risk area for “discrete storms.”

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According to AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, discrete cells are storms that form on their own, allowing them to grow and mature without competing with other storms for space and energy.

“They’re not part of a line, so they are not having to compete with other thunderstorms,” Rayno explained. “In a sense, they are able to draw in the environment around them to become stronger.”

As a result, they can develop into a “supercell” thunderstorm that can contain a tornado.

The heaviest rain is expected on Friday during the day and the rain is expected to continue throughout the day into the overnight hours.

The cold front will drop temperatures back down into the mid-60s over the weekends with the lows around 45 degrees. Monday will be a chilly 55 degrees with the low hitting 32 degrees overnight. Things should start warming back up on Tuesday with the highs gradually increasing into next week.