10:40 PM UPDATE: A tornado watch continues for portions of our area along and north of the interstates into Southern Mississippi. A few tornadoes will be likely with the chance for a few strong ones (EF 2+). Isolated hail and damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph will be possible as well.
Remember, a tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. Have multiple ways to receive warnings.
Areas within our viewing area included in the watch:
LA Parishes: East Feliciana, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, East Baton Rouge, Livingston.
MS Counties: Amite, Pike.
A frontal system is moving through the Lower Mississippi Valley tonight into Tuesday. This front is creating showers and storms across the region as the surface low moves northeast through past Texarkana. Isolated to scattered severe storms will be possible within the warm sector of the frontal system. The warm sector is the area ahead of the cold front, but south of the warm front where warm and moist air flows in from the Gulf of Mexico.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed an Enhanced Risk (3/5) over northern areas and a Slight Risk (2/5) for severe weather elsewhere.
Threats: A combination of discrete storm cells and a cluster line of storms will be possible ahead of the storm front. This will support all threats with the greatest risk of tornadoes and damaging wind gusts. Within the hatched area below, a few strong tornadoes (EF 2+) will be possible.
The large hail threat looks to diminish towards eastern areas, but some hail cannot be ruled out. Our northwestern areas will have the greatest hail threat. The flooding threat is low, but brief heavy rain will be possible that could lead to localized street flooding (especially for poor drainage areas).
Timing: Scattered showers and storms are moving over Central Louisiana this evening and will begin to develop and move over are western areas in the evening pushing through our viewing area through the night into very early Tuesday morning.
How to Prepare
Be sure to multiple ways to receive weather alerts and stay tuned to updated forecasts during the day. Make sure your phone is unmuted, charged, and turned on for WEA notifications. Turn off your do not disturb and take your phone off of silent mode so those WEA alerts can push through to you.
With an overnight aspect to this event, make sure any alerts or warnings can wake you up as well.
Have a plan and a safe place to go to if a warning is issued for your location. Find a lower-level, interior room away from windows.
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