Severe weather alert and warning notifications woke Louisiana residents from their slumbers for most of last night and early morning. And it doesn’t look like the threat of severe to severe weather will end in the state by noon or shortly thereafter.
This is a snapshot of the National Weather Service’s composite radar taken at 3:00 am this morning. You can see how big this storm system is and through which locations it will move.
See the live weather radar scan here
At 3:00 a.m. this morning, the leading edge of the strongest storms was about to cross the Sabine River into Louisiana. Based on the schedule, the Lake Charles area will begin to feel the effects of the strongest storms beginning at 4:00 a.m. The Lafayette area should feel the worst of the weather a little closer to 06:00.
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NOAA via Unsplash.com
This line of storms has triggered severe thunderstorm warnings over the night hours and judging by their intensity as shown by radar we expect more warnings to be issued with at least some of these storms moving through the area.
To give you an idea of how drastically temperatures have dropped behind the storms and cold front that are the catalyst, take a look at what’s been happening in Shreveport over the past 12 hours. At midnight in Shreveport, the temperature at the airport was almost 64 degrees. The 0300 reading from the Shreveport area showed the temperature had dropped to 48 degrees in just three hours.
In southern Louisiana we can expect a similar change in conditions as the frontal system moves through the area. So, after the rain and thunderstorms have cleared the area by mid-morning, expect a strong northerly breeze to blow over the area. This will drop temperatures quickly and keep the rest of the day on the cool side.
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For those planning on visiting Patty at the Parc in downtown Lafayette as part of today’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, you’ll need a jacket. When the gates open at 5:30 tonight, temperatures will be in the low 50s and winds will still be gusty. However, we do not expect rain. Regardless, Patty in the Parc organizers say the event will go on come rain or shine.
The rest of the weekend should also remain rather cool. Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will only climb into the 50s, while overnight lows will be in the 40s on Saturday and near freezing on Sunday. But don’t put away your flip-flops just yet, we’ll be back in the ’80s in south Louisiana by the end of next week.
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