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Severe storms move through late Friday night/early Saturday

Posted at 6:09 AM, Jan 09, 2020

There's not many changes in the larger talking points for this storm system but there are a few more details starting to come into focus, and some growing confidence in the timing of the storms arriving.

The Storm Prediction Center has continued to include Acadiana in either an Enhanced or Slight Risk of severe weather, it's important not to get too caught up in exactly where that boundary is since the line is fairly arbitrary and weather never follows definitive boundaries.

Isolated thunderstorms ahead of the mainline of storms will start to move through a little after midnight on Friday, these storms will need to be watched closely as they will be in a favorable environment for super-cell development.

Rotating thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds, tornadoes, and even at times hail. Wind shear (winds rotating through the atmosphere) will be strong enough to produce stronger more long track tornadoes so stay up to date with all warnings.

As the main line of the front swings through winds are going to be picking up pushing closer to the 50-60 mph range which is strong enough to produce some damage, and heavy downpours which will move through quickly.

Since the storms are expected to swing through late at night when many people are in bed or sleeping it will be important to make sure you have a way of receiving your warnings.

That could be a weather radio or have your weather alerts set on your phone, and the volume turned up so you can actually hear them as they are issued.

Plans on Friday should be wrapped up by midnight and don't schedule anything for early Saturday, any chores you may have can be put off until the late morning or the early afternoon.

We'll make sure to keep this forecast updated over the next couple days so be sure to stay up to date with the evolving forecast.