Severe storms expected through the day

Posted at 5:29 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 13:46:29-05

11:00 am: Meteorologist Daniel Phillips gives an update on the severe storms expected Thursday in Acadiana. See the full story below.

A stormy forecast for the end of the year with a round of severe thunderstorms possible through the afternoon.

Acadiana residents will need to remain weather aware throughout the rest of the day.

The Acadiana area is currently under an "Enhanced Risk" for severe weather with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes as the main issues we will need to monitor.

The main line of storms will move through in the late afternoon and the early evening, however, as we warm through the day isolated cells will be possible and those will need to be watched closely.

Those discrete cells that lead ahead of the front will be capable of producing tornadoes so monitoring the radar will be important. Unfortunately, these storms seem to pop up with no rhyme or reason and act more sporadically then the ones along the front.

Isolated cells like that could start to get going as early as late morning when the day starts to heat up and we churn up the atmosphere a little bit. Storms will continue to pop up until the front moves through the area.

Passage of the front is expected in the late afternoon and early evening (best guess probably between 3:00-6:00 p.m.) and will produce more widespread showers and storms with damaging winds.

On top of everything else, these storms, particularly the isolated cells, will be capable of producing hail. This will be another thing to keep our eyes out for later on Thursday afternoon.

Once the front moves through, temperatures will start to drop and New Year's Day is shaping up to be windy, cool, and mostly cloudy.

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