Sirens will sound twice Thursday for statewide tornado drill

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The National Weather Service has issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch until 10 p.m.

A tornado watch means weather conditions make tornadoes possible in those counties. The southeastern part of Minnesota, including Rochester and Winona, is not in the watch area, but can expect rain, the weather service said.

A freeze is most likely Sunday morning, including the Lubbock area.

The area will experience showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m.

All modes of severe weather will be possible: large hail, damaging winds, a few tornadoes and flash flooding. Southwest to west winds of 45 to 50 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 70 miles per hour, were predicted for impacted areas.

The storms prompted thunderstorm and tornado warnings in many parishes throughout the day.

He said the National Weather Service is expected to have a teleconference with the EMA directors this afternoon.

Closer to the metro area, a tornado in Copiah County seventeen miles southwest of Hazlehurst roared its way through the county for a little over two miles.

The expected ice line for the next round of the storm has broadened and shifted south. At greatest risk today are vehicles, especially high-profile vehicles such as delivery trucks and 18-wheelers, on north-to-south and northwest-to-southeast oriented roads.

Another (stronger) front arrives over the weekend with widespread rain and another chance for severe weather. The best chance for whiteouts will be late Friday night there.