Easter severe weather threat: A tornado watch has been issued

Severe Weather

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch effective until 8 p.m. this evening. This watch covers most of the area. Make sure to stay weather aware, and follow along for updates.

Good morning and Happy Easter to you and to yours!

A lot has changed over the last 12 hours – The overall risk for severe weather for the BR Proud area has decreased, but the threat is still far from zero. High resolution models have agreed that the risk for widespread severe weather has diminished. There is still potential for a few spotty storms to fire up and become strong or even severe! The strongest activity is expected to stay in North Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and possibly into Georgia.

The Storm Prediction Center has trimmed South Louisiana from the Enhanced (threat level 3 of 5) and Moderate Risk (threat level 4 out of 5), but they have left our area under a Marginal (threat level 1 out of 5) and Slight Risk (threat level 2 out of 5). Portions of Wilkinson, Amite, Pike counties in Mississippi and Washington Parish in Louisiana are still under an Enhanced Risk for severe weather.

Timing: The window of opportunity will be this afternoon and evening. Rain coverage will be spotty today – Not all neighborhoods will see rain! Rain chances will come to an end before midnight as a cold front moves in and pushes precipitation to our east.

Potential Impacts: Damaging wind, hail, and a few tornadoes.

Be sure to have multiple ways to receive warnings, should any be issued for your area. Make sure you, your family, and your pets are ready to seek shelter if a warning has been issued for your area.

Winds will be strong even without the presence of thunderstorms. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the entire area until 10 P.M. – South winds 20 to 30 miles per hour (m.p.h.) with gusts up to 40 m.p.h. can be expected. Be sure to secure any loose outdoor objects!

Aside from the threat of spotty showers and storms, Easter Sunday will be very warm and humid with highs in the mid and upper 80s. A cold front will clear us out tonight before another reinforcing front moves in on Monday. Morning temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s. Monday will be warm and sunny with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

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