After making landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Saturday, Barry has now been downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. This storm will continue to slowly track north through Arkansas today and gradually weaken.
Mississippi has been on the east side of the center of circulation, which means we’ve been on the wet side of things. On average, most areas have received anywhere between 2 and 5 inches of rain with this event, but spots across the Pine Belt have accumulated over 7 inches. We’re not quite through with the rain from this system. Some areas could pick up an additional 1-3 inches through tomorrow. A Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect for the entire viewing area through this morning.
The risk for brief, spin-up tornadoes will still linger tonight and into tomorrow as more rain bands continue to move through. These spin-ups are usually weak EF-0 tornadoes and only last a few minutes. The Storm Prediction Center has put us under a level 1, marginal risk tonight through tomorrow morning. Although the risk is low for a brief tornado, it’s still possible.
Once the remnants of Barry pull away to our north into the Tennessee River valley by Tuesday and Wednesday, we will return to a more normal summer weather pattern.
Stay with Storm Team 12 on-air, online, and on-the-go for continuous updates on the progress of this system!