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The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
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More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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The 7Stormteam is gearing up for a round of potentially severe weather to impact southwest Louisiana beginning late tonight and continuing through the overnight hours into Christmas Day.
A very complex and dynamic weather system is evolving that will likely result in some storms producing strong damaging straight-line winds. Additionally some tornadoes are also possible with the greatest threat of significant tornadoes (EF2+) in central and eastern portions of the state during the late morning and afternoon on Christmas Day.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has highlighted all of Louisiana under a slight risk for severe weather. A rare moderate risk is in place for the east-central portion of the state near Alexandria including most of the Mississippi River parishes.
Storms should initially fire across east Texas later today and could possibly impact portions of our viewing area later this evening, especially favorable are Vernon, Beauregard, and Allen parishes.
Overnight, the severe threat will increase across the rest of southwest Louisiana with the possibility of some rotating super-cell storms capable of producing tornadoes. This threat will continue through the morning hours.
By midday and early afternoon Tuesday, the cold front will begin to push into the state. The front will be heading into a very warm air mass which will add fuel for further storm develop. A squall line, or line of strong thunderstorms, will accompany the front and should arrive in southwest Louisiana by early afternoon.
The severe threat will end for us once the front the passes but will continue for eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and Alabama through the late afternoon and evening hours.
Now is the time to check your NOAA Weather Radio to make sure you have fresh batteries and that you have it turned on Alert mode as some of these storms will be arriving while you are asleep tonight.
7Stormteam Meteorologist Cedric Haynes and I will be here all night and all day Tuesday to keep you updated on any weather alerts for our area. Any severe weather watches or warnings will instantly crawl at the bottom of the screen on KPLC-TV and we'll keep the Facebook page and Twitter pages updated as well. We will also break into programming if necessary.