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Columbia, MS
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  • Hydrologic Outlook
    Updated: Thu Apr-27-17 04:25pm CDT
    Effective: Thu Apr-27-17 04:25pm CDT
    Expires: Thu Apr-27-17 10:15pm CDT
    Severity: Unknown
    Urgency: Future
    Certainty: Possible
    Status: Actual
    Type: Alert
    Category: Met
    Areas affected: Adams; Attala; Bolivar; Carroll; Choctaw; Claiborne; Clarke; Clay; Copiah; Covington; Forrest; Franklin; Grenada; Hinds; Holmes; Humphreys; Issaquena; Jasper; Jefferson; Jefferson Davis; Jones; Kemper; Lamar; Lauderdale; Lawrence; Leake; Leflore; Lincoln; Lowndes; Madison; Marion; Montgomery; Neshoba; Newton; Noxubee; Oktibbeha; Rankin; Scott; Sharkey; Simpson; Smith; Sunflower; Warren; Washington; Webster; Winston; Yazoo
    Message Summary: ...locally heavy rainfall event shaping up across the area for sunday with flash and river flooding possible...
    A deep mid-level trough will swing through the central plains with an associated deepening surface low late this weekend into early next week. This low will move slowly into the midwest and drag a cold front toward and through the lower mississippi valley between late saturday and early monday. The combination of an intense and divergent upper level jet across the lower mississippi valley and strong influx of very moist air from the gulf of mexico should enhance torrential rain potential from thunderstorms anticipated over the forecast area, mainly sunday. Widespread 2 to 3 inch rainfall totals are expected but there is potential for a north to south oriented axis in the forecast area to experience prolonged training of storms and localized rain amounts in excess of 5 inches. Some uncertainty remains on whether this axis will materialize and especially on where this axis might set up. Of course associated flooding potential will go up markedly in areas that would be affected by this potential heaviest rain axis. As we move close to sunday the details of this event will come into better focus and our confidence will increase. As the system moves across the area from late saturday night into sunday, rainfall rates will be very high producing high amounts and flash flooding across the arklamiss region. Many small streams and rivers will be impacted with minor to moderate river flooding possible. The rivers most vulnerable to flooding will be the big black, pearl, chickasawhay, leaf, and tallahala creek. Some river flooding could be significant. Rivers and bayous across southeast arkansas and northeast louisiana will see very sharp rises with some going into flood. Those living along small streams and flood prone areas should take preparations now to remove any debris from drainage systems due to flooding that occurred in early april. As stated, there is still a lot of uncertainty in the axis of heaviest rainfall amounts. However, we do know that rain rates will be intense and could lead to some localized flash flooding. Please stay tuned to local media and your national weather service as we approach this rainfall event.

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Families Read First at Columbia Library this Saturday.

Families Read First Family Saturday will be this coming Saturday, April 8th at the Columbia–Marion County Public Library from 10am-11:30am. There will be a time for storytelling, crafts, fun family activities, and free books! Families Read First is a reading project designed to encourage families to spend time together reading, …Read More

School Delays for Monday, April 3rd

The following local area schools have been delayed today, Monday, April 3rd due to severe weather: Columbia and Marion County Schools are delayed 1 hour. Columbia Academy delayed until 10am. Prentiss Christian School delayed until 9am. Jefferson Davis County Schools are delayed 1 hour. Lawrence County Schools will continue with …Read More

State Record Catfish in Lawrence County

The record for the largest catfish caught in the state of Mississippi has been broken and a new record set. Richard Albritton of Bogue Chitto, MS, caught a 14.4 pound channel catfish this past Sunday at Lake Mary Crawford near Monticello. The fisherman will receive a certificate from the MS …Read More

Running With Caleb 5K this Weekend in Columbia

The 6th annual “Running with Caleb” 5k is scheduled for Saturday, March 18th at Friendship Park in Columbia. The benefit honors Caleb Coleman who was killed in a car accident on November 13, 2011 and two scholarships are given each year at Columbia Academy in his memory. Registration begins at …Read More

Two Local Men Set Largemouth Bass Records

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