Severe threat winding down this evening

6:00 PM UPDATE: The tornado watch has been cancelled for the entire viewing area as storm coverage across the region winds down. Only a few showers remain out ahead of the cold front.

Overview
A frontal system will be moving over the region today bringing scattered showers and storms with it. A warm front has lifted north through Southern Louisiana bringing with it breezy southerly winds and more moisture. Then, a cold front will later swing through towards the night bringing drier and cooler conditions behind it for the weekend. For Friday, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed most of the area under a Slight Risk (2/5) for severe storms and the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has placed a small portion of our northern parishes and counties under a Slight Risk (2/4) for flash flooding.

  • Severe Risk
    Severe Risk
  • Flash Flood Risk
    Flash Flood Risk

Threats:
All modes of severe weather will be possible, especially with any discrete, or isolated, storm. The main threats will be a few tornadoes possible along with damaging wind gusts as storms may collide and merge with each other.

Some hail, or even isolated larger hail, cannot be ruled out, but the probabilities are low. The area with the greatest risk for severe storms looks to be near and north of the 10 & 12 corridors.

Overall rain totals will be low on average around .25-.5″ across the area with higher totals near and east of the I-55 corridor. However, locally higher amounts will be possible with any downpours from individual storms that could lead to ponding or flooding for low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Timing:
During the afternoon hours, scattered storms will reside over the region spreading to the north and northeast. The main time frame for severe activity across our areas will be now through the evening.

As most of the activity moves to the east, a few lingering or storms may still be possible ahead of the front towards the early nighttime hours before clearing overnight as the front pushes through.

How to Prepare

Be sure to multiple ways to receive weather alerts and stay tuned to updated forecasts during the day. Make sure your phone is unmuted, charged, and turned on for WEA notifications. Turn off your do not disturb and take your phone off of silent mode so those WEA alerts can push through to you.

With an overnight aspect to this event, make sure any alerts or warnings can wake you up as well.

Have a plan and a safe place to go to if a warning is issued for your location. Find a lower-level, interior room away from windows.

You can always check out the Interactive Radar here.

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