February 5, 2020
2:20 P.M. Update: The Tornado Watch has now been expanded east to include East and West Baton Rouge, Iberville, St. Helena and Pike County in Mississippi. The watch is effective until 6:00 p.m.
12 P.M. Update: A Tornado Watch has been issued for Pointe Coupee, West and East Feliciana parish in Louisiana and Amite and Wilkinson county in Mississippi until 6:00 P.M. this evening. Another watch may be issued later on to include the rest of our viewing area.
7 A.M. Update: The spring-like weather will continue for another 12 hours or so before a cooler air mass arrives in Southeast Louisiana. A cold front will slowly move into the region on Wednesday. A very warm and moist air mass will be in place, which will add fuel to any developing thunderstorms on Wednesday. Upper-level winds are favorable for the development of severe storms, but the question that remains unanswered is how much instability will be present later in the day. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area under a Slight Risk (threat level 2 out of 5) for the possibility of severe weather Wednesday and Wednesday night.
Potential Threats: The main threat will be damaging wind gusts. Heavy rain may lead to flooding in low-lying areas and areas that are prone to flooding. Rainfall amounts will be between 1-3″ with locally higher amounts. Also, isolated tornadoes and large hail cannot be ruled out.
Timing: Latest model guidance shows activity holding off until the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday. Even after the front moves through, rain will linger through at least Thursday morning. Rain will be widespread and we could see bouts of heavy rain. Not just that, but it will be significantly cooler — Temperatures will only be in the 50s on Thursday.
How to Prepare: Stay up to date with the StormTracker Team on-air and online. Be sure to have multiple ways to receive warnings, should any be issued. Also, have your severe weather safety plan ready to go for you, your family, and your pets.
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