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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tracking a threat of storms Wednesday, a few could be severe

Updated: Mar. 16, 2021 at 11:10 PM CDT
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Evening Planner(KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Temperatures today were again quite warm across Southwest Louisiana as a mix of sun, clouds and a few widely scattered showers moved across the area. These showers continue to lift north through the afternoon with less rain expected tonight. Meanwhile, temperatures stay in the 70s under cloudy skies with patchy areas of fog after midnight.

Tomorrow
Tomorrow(KPLC)

There could be a few showers around tomorrow morning, but the bulk of the storms we’ll be tracking that could turn severe will be moving in by early afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center keeps Southwest Louisiana in a slight risk of severe weather tomorrow at a level 2 out of 5. A much more significant threat of severe weather remains well to our north and east tomorrow in parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama with a level 4 out of 5 in those areas.

Severe threat Wednesday
Severe threat Wednesday(KPLC)

Southwest Louisiana will be on the cusp of developing storms ahead of the cold front tomorrow, and the amount of sunshine we get in the morning will largely dictate whether or not these individual severe storms are able to form in time before the front moves through tomorrow afternoon. If we manage to get a couple of individual supercell thunderstorms to form early tomorrow afternoon, there is a possibility of one or two isolated tornadoes along with damaging winds and large hail.

Futurecast
Futurecast(KPLC)

At this time, the threat of severe weather for Southwest Louisiana remains low, but not zero, so we will tracking things closely tomorrow afternoon and keep you updated if any severe storms can manage to develop.

How to Prepare
How to Prepare(KPLC)

You can stay ahead of the storms by downloading the free KPLC weather app and have your notifications turned on to receive severe weather alerts based on your location. While our area may not necessarily be in the highest risk area, it’s still important to stay weather aware tomorrow.

10 Day Forecast
10 Day Forecast(KPLC)

Our window of time for seeing any severe weather will be limited to the afternoon hours, as the front should have most, if not all, of the storms out of our area before sunset. Behind this front, temperatures will drop sharply overnight into the upper 40s by Thursday morning. Plentiful sunshine for Thursday will bring a welcomed quiet stretch of weather for the second half of the workweek, but temperatures will be a bit cool in the mornings with lows in the 40s through the upcoming weekend and highs in the upper 60s to near 70.

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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