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Wednesday afternoon severe weather update

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Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 13:35:35-05

So far it's been a fairly quiet morning across Acadiana, and both the severe thunderstorm and tornado watches in Louisiana have been dropped.

That doesn't quite get us out of the woods, however, as the there's still plenty of moisture and energy available for storms to use to get to severe criteria.

The Storm Prediction Center in fact tweaked their daily outlook and adjusted the area of concern slightly, moving the "Slight Risk Area" north just a hair to focus along the I-10 corridor and central Louisiana, coastal Louisiana should still be mindful of the weather but the risk is not as high.

Shifting the area of risk that way means there's a little more credence given to some of the morning model runs which were suggesting a more isolated type of severe weather event, with severe storms being more pop up in nature.

Winds along the surface haven't been overly impressive so far, with most of the storm dynamics in the upper parts of the atmosphere which means that thunderstorms will be elevated and not rooted down at the surface.

That's a long way of saying that the main threats with these storms are going to be damaging winds and medium to large size hail, the threat for tornadoes is low.

As the afternoon goes on make sure you stay weather aware and keep an eye on the radar and stay up to date with changes in the forecast.