Severe Weather Update: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Good morning Tangi,
Click HERE for an update concerning the severe weather threat today and tonight.
Changes from the previous update are minimal.
WHAT: MARGINAL RISK to SLIGHT RISK to ENHANCED RISK of Severe Weather
WHEN: Today and this evening
WHERE: The entire area but the greatest threat will be east of I-55 and north of I-12 in LA and I-10 in coastal MS.
We are confident that there will be thunderstorms across the area and confidence is increasing in thunderstorm development occurring as early as midday if not earlier. Confidence is increasing that a few severe storms will develop during the afternoon across portions of the Florida parishes and southwest MS but how much farther into southeast and south-central LA is uncertain.
The main threats associated with any severe storms will be:
- Wind gusts greater than 60 mph will be possible
- Trees and powerlines could be damaged and lead to isolated/scattered power outages
- Large hail up to 2 inches in diameter will be possible
- Tornadoes will be possible, and a few could be strong
- In addition to the severe weather threat, rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is forecast with locally higher amounts expected.
- This rainfall could lead to ponding of water in low-lying areas and areas of poor drainage.
- Street flooding is likely from some storms, and flash flooding will be possible in the areas that receive the most rain.