The forecast calls for an extended period of rain across the Mississippi Valley on Saturday, followed by a dry spell for the rest of the month.
The temperature will also rise, which is predicted to be 10 to 12 degrees warmer than the average across much of the United States.
The forecast also predicts heavy snowfall, which could be especially difficult to see for the vast majority of Mississippians who live in the Plains and Southwestern parts of the state.
“I think that is going to be the biggest challenge we will face,” said Jennifer Smith, a meteorologist for the city of Hattiesburg.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of heavy snow and we have a lot more people than usual here, so it will be an interesting mix.”
The forecast calls out for rain through Thursday.
“It could be a bit of a surprise, but we’re anticipating a very dry and rainy weather, which will be conducive to this event,” Smith said.
While the timing of the weather event is not certain, the weather service is expecting the first snowfall of the spring season, which was forecast for Thursday.
“The temperature will be very low at night and it will warm up quickly and we will be looking for a snow cover for a couple of days,” Smith added.
“We’re expecting the Mississippi River to continue to flow, but it is still a wetter area.”
The weather service has been warning residents about the potential for flooding.
“While the weather forecast calls the Mississippi for a dry, warm and rainy start, there are a number of factors that could affect the rainfall forecast, including increased river flow,” the weather system warning reads.
“Our forecasts suggest that rainfall is likely to be very light in the upper Mississippi Valley, but will increase in the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
A heavy snowpack and heavy snow will likely be the norm for much of this region, with some scattered localized flooding.”
The storm could be the most significant weather event of the year, as it is forecast to bring a record-high temperature of 43 degrees on Saturday.
The weather service says the average temperature in the Mississippi was 30 degrees on Sunday, which would be the highest temperature recorded for any day of the entire spring.