FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Severe threat ahead today; stay weather aware!

Updated: Dec. 31, 2020 at 12:35 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - With the morning off to a relatively quiet start, radar is already showing some rain developing over western portions of the viewing area this morning. Elsewhere, patchy fog and temperatures in the middle 60s will greet you as you head out the door this morning, but rain won’t be too far off as developing showers and thunderstorms after sunrise will only increase in coverage through the day. Make sure to have a way to receive severe weather alerts today as storms could quickly turn severe.

Storms on the way today
Storms on the way today(KPLC)

The primary risk of severe weather will come this afternoon as a line of storms along a cold front moves through Southwest Louisiana, but a few storms out ahead of this line could strengthen quickly, even before the noon hour, so make sure you stay weather aware today and are ready to put your severe weather plan in place if a warning is issued for your area. The primary threats from storms today will be strong damaging wind gusts, a tornado threat and large hail in the most severe storms.

Severe Threat Today
Severe Threat Today(KPLC)

Midday through early evening will be the prime time for the severe weather today as the front moves through, clearing things out later this evening. It’s still looking like the rain will come to an end before midnight as we get ready to ring in the new year. Rainfall amounts of around 1 inch look likely across most of the area today. Once the front moves through by early evening, the severe weather threat will quickly come to an end with any lingering showers also coming to an end before midnight.

What the watch for today
What the watch for today(KPLC)

New Year’s Day will start off on a much cooler note with lows tomorrow morning in the lower to middle 40s. Highs tomorrow only reach in the middle 50s with a breezy and cool day on tap. We’ll keep the chillier feel in place through the upcoming weekend and also stay rain-free until our next weather maker arrives by the middle of next week. Temperatures will trend warmer by early next week as well.

Forecast as we ring in 2021
Forecast as we ring in 2021(KPLC)

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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