UPDATED: (1/11/2020) At 1:30a, severe thunderstorms are entering the region. Numerous different tornado watches remain in effect until the 7-8a timeframe for most of our counties/parishes.
A new cluster of storms entering northwestern Louisiana has shown increased organization and damaging wind potential in the last hour. Wind gusts in excess of 80 mph will be possible with the strongest storms. Embedded tornadoes also can’t be ruled out.
UPDATED: (1/10/2020) Tornado Watch #5 remains in effect for the northwestern counties/parishes in the ArkLaMiss until 2am. It is highly likely that additional watches will be needed for other sections of the region as the night/early morning progresses.
As of 10:45pm, storms are slowly organizing across eastern Texas. So far, high winds and heavy rainfall have been the primary hazards. The tornado threat will increase with any discrete storms that can develop ahead of the main line. Locally damaging winds are likely with any organized thunderstorm through sunrise.
UPDATED: (1/10/2020) As of 7 AM this morning, the Storm Prediction Center has further extended the moderate risk form most of the ArkLaMiss with a few of our southern parishes under an enhanced risk.
Damaging winds and wind gusts along with tornadoes still remain as the primary concerns. Possible arrival time for strong to severe thunderstorms will be late Friday afternoon/early evening and continuing into early Saturday morning.
WEST MONROE, La. — (1/9/2020) A significant severe weather event is expected to unfold this weekend across several states, including the ArkLaMiss, beginning Friday afternoon. A powerful upper-level disturbance, combined with ample moisture and instability, will bring the potential for damaging wind gusts and tornadoes.
In addition, up to three inches of rain could fall across much of the area through early Saturday morning, leading to localized street flooding. The greatest hazards will come with a squall line of storms that will develop immediately ahead of an advancing cold front. Storms will continue through the ArkLaMiss during the pre-dawn hours Saturday. Any isolated storms that can develop ahead of the main line will have an increased potential to spawn tornadoes.
The severe weather threat will decrease from west to east through the early to mid-morning hours on Saturday.
Tornado watches will likely be issued for much of the area starting tomorrow night and continuing through early Saturday morning. If warnings are issued for your area, act quickly and move to appropriate shelter.
Residents are encouraged to review their severe weather plan, stay up to date with the latest forecast information, and have multiple ways of receiving severe weather alerts.