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Strong to severe storms possible across SE LA today

...Tornado Watch for SE LA Until 9 PM...

Possible Severe Weather Today:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are starting to pop-up across SE LA this afternoon.  The atmosphere has become unstable again after the rain we had this morning.  This could cause the storms to become strong to severe with damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes.  SPC has SE LA in a Slight Risk for severe weather today and Washington Parish and Pearl River County, MS are in a Moderate Risk - meaning they have a greater chance of severe weather.

These storms are being set off by an upper-level disturbance, a cold front, outflow boundaries and an very unstable atmosphere.  When you add up all of these ingredients you get the threat for severe weather.  Due to all of this, SPC has issued a Tornado Watch for areas along and north of I-12 in our viewing area until 9 PM. 

Fortunately, the weather is not expected to be as violent as it was yesterday in Mississippi and Alabama.  However, that does not mean we will not have to worry about the storms today.  Be sure to stay tuned to WWL-TV, my Twitter and Facebook feeds for weather updates.

You can expect the scattered showers and thunderstorms to persist through the evening hours and into the overnight hours until the cold front passes through.  Once the front moves through town, the severe weather threat will end.  When it is not raining, we will be mostly cloudy, warm and muggy with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon.  The temperatures will fall into the 70s this evening and lows will be in the lower to mid 60s tonight.

Improving Weather Tomorrow:  Wednesday will start out with cloudy skies and a few showers.  Then we will have a mix of sun and clouds during the afternoon.  It will be a little cooler and less humid with highs in the upper 70s.  Wednesday Night will be partly cloudy and much cooler with lows in the upper 40s north of the lake and upper 50s south.

Thursday and Friday will both be pretty nice days with partly cloudy skies as an area of high pressure builds into the Deep South.  Highs will be in the mid 70s and lows in the 50s.

Weekend Outlook:  You will really like the forecast this weekend!  An area of high pressure will move to the east of Louisiana.  This will give us mostly sunny skies each day with highs in the lower 80s and lows in the 50s north of the lake and 60s south.

Again, stay tuned to WWL-TV and social media for weather updates today/tonight!  Stay safe! -Dave


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