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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Strong storms possible as we head into the afternoon, clearing to end the week

Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 7:03 AM CDT
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Strong to severe storms will be possible starting around noon through the early evening
Strong to severe storms will be possible starting around noon through the early evening(KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A First Alert Day has been issued for our Wednesday as a strong cold front is marching into our region from the west and will bring the potential of strong to severe storms. The good news is that we see a short window of these storms and by the time we reach the evening hours things will begin to calm down and we bring in cooler and drier weather to end the week.

The best chance for the stronger storms is just into the afternoon
The best chance for the stronger storms is just into the afternoon(KPLC)

Starting out this morning we are looking at partly to mostly cloudy skies with very warm and muggy conditions with temperatures starting out in the lower 70′s for all of Southwest Louisiana. There are some areas of mist and drizzle, but any significant rainfall is still well the the west and will slowly begin to work its way into the area as we near lunchtime from west to east. Temperatures climb into the middle and upper 70′s ahead of the cold front as the strong southerly flow will continue to pump plenty of moisture in. As for the severe weather, the greatest chance of seeing more widespread strong storms is to the north and east back into Mississippi, but the area of medium risk has been shifted a little farther south this morning to include areas I-10 and north with the low risk all the way down to the coast. The area of high risk isn’t far as some of it clips portions of Vernon and well as Allen, but don’t get caught up this the exact location as all of the area has the chance for a strong to severe storm. All modes of severe weather will be possible with strong damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and large hail being the threats. Make sure to have a way to receive alerts, such as the KPLC First Alert Weather App throughout the day should we have warnings or watches issued.

Greatest risk of the severe weather comes as we head into the afternoon
Greatest risk of the severe weather comes as we head into the afternoon(KPLC)

Quiet weather will return heading into Thursday with a chilly start as our temperatures drop back into the middle and upper 40′s with sunshine returning for the afternoon with highs only reaching the middle to upper 60′s. The cooler weather will be sticking around the the weekend as well with highs in the upper 60′s to near 70. It will also be a little breezy with winds out of the northerly direction on Thursday around 15 to 20 mph. Thankfully though high pressure will keep us dry heading into the weekend as well, so outdoor plans look to be just fine.

Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes all possible today
Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes all possible today(KPLC)

Heading into next week temperatures rebound slightly as we reach the lower and middle 70′s through Tuesday, but that will come with the price of some showers and storms as another front enters the picture. At this point it looks to remain unsettled for much of the week, but we will keep a close eye on that as we get closer, but the main focus is on today. Stay weather aware today as we see the chance for those stronger storms, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sunny weather makes a return for the weekend
Sunny weather makes a return for the weekend(KPLC)

Meteorologist Jacob Durham

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