Neshoba County Public Schools will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the wake of potential severe weather forecast for the early morning hours.

Officials from Philadelphia Public Schools were monitoring weather conditions late Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service in Jackson conducted a special conference call Tuesday afternoon to highlight the potential for a severe weather outbreak tonight across the forecast area, with the potential for the severe
weather to occur for Neshoba County and east central Mississippi between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m Wednesday morning,
depending on the actual speed of the system.

While the Storm Prediction Center has Neshoba County in a slight risk area, with the moderate risk further to the northwest, officials said the county would still have the potential for damaging winds of 60 to 80 MPH and tornadoes could not be ruled out.

"We have a 30% probability for damaging winds," said Neshoba County Emergency Management Director Jeff Mayo.

"While the tornado probability is lower for our area, there still remains the potential for tornadoes across the forecast area. The tornado potential exists both with discrete cells in front of and embedded in the main squall line."