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Ingredients in place for strong storms this weekend

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 23:29:53-04

The spring severe season seems to be kicking into high gear in south Louisiana with a couple different systems leading to a couple different shots of severe weather this weekend.

Saturday will be the first of those chances with isolated storms possible and a few of them with the ability to become severe through the day on Saturday, potentially producing hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes.

Acadiana is currently sitting in a Marginal Risk of severe weather (1 on a scale to 5) for Saturday, with even a few strong storms possible Friday night out in east Texas.

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The strongest storms will likely fire up in east Texas and spill over into Vernon and Beauregard Parish, with a couple down along the coastline as well, but it would be easy for these storms to drift over Acadiana so they'll need to be watched.

It's impossible to say exactly where and when these storms will develop, but know that some of the necessary ingredients for severe weather will be in place through the weekend.

Temperatures have really cranked up over the last 24 hours, as has humidity, and high dewpoints and temperatures in the upper 70s are expected across Acadiana again on Saturday.

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Moving into Sunday's forecast the chances for severe weather will increase to an Enhanced Risk for areas north of I-10 while the coastal communities will be in the zone for a Slight Risk.

This is pretty close to what we experienced last weekend, and the set up driving the storms looked fairly similar as well so as storms fire up in the afternoon they will need to be watched.

While the greatest risk will manifest in CenLa it still would be very easy for those storms to drift into Acadiana and in doing so would be bringing in damaging wind, hail, and the possibility of tornadoes.

The peak time for Sunday's event looks to be in the mid to late afternoon as the cold front swings through the region.

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This isn't guarantee for severe weather, in fact some of us may struggle to even see some showers, but the fact of the matter is that the ingredients for severe weather are in place and once again we will need to be weather aware.

Small scale details will become clearer over the next day or two and you'll be able to find those changes on KATC on air and online.

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