Windy and warm with severe storms possible

Emmett Rice
April 14, 2018

The new work week will start off cooler and clearer with gradual warming after.

If you aren't quite ready to put your sweaters away, you're in luck because the weekend forecast might find you needing one, but not before we get some more rain and potentially thunderstorms. This will allow for more of a southerly wind than in previous days, keeping the morning and afternoon warmer and more humid.

For today, mainly sunny skies with slightly breezy southerly winds and warm highs in the upper 70s on the coast to low 80s inland. Partly cloudy skies are anticipated.

The chance of any additional thunderstorms continues to dwindle, with a few remaining storms quickly racing off to the north and northeast.

A handsome Thursday for us as temperatures have climbed into the low 80s this afternoon under abundant sunshine.

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In parts of MI expecting snow and ice, the NWS is warning people not to travel on the roads unless necessary as we get into Saturday afternoon and Sunday. This rain coverage will increase dramatically into Sunday.

As for the timing of the system, it looks like the leading edge of the severe weather could move into Tangipahoa Parish as early mid-morning and continue to develop and strengthen as it moves east. In all honesty, it will likely be another 12-24 hours before we can truly say we have a good handle on the weekend forecast and the type of impacts it will include. The weather looks quiet for most of next week.

The reason there is a higher severe risk (Enhanced and Moderate) in East Texas into the Arklatex is for a higher tornado threat and higher storm coverage than the DFW/North Texas area.

Overnight before Sunrise, the severe threat will be highest out west.

We will have potential for severe weather, however, starting up in the late afternoon and moving into Sunday morning. The colder air will arrive across the St. Louis area by Sunday with temperatures only in the 40s and a few scattered showers.

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