Storms Tonight, Tracking Easter Weekend Severe Threat

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It’s going to be another warm day around Acadiana even though we see a cold front slide through the area. The front will set up along the coast later in the day, providing us with slightly drier air in the afternoon. Most of the day will be dry, with sunshine breaking through the cloud cover. Highs will climb in the upper 80s today. Clouds will thicken in the evening hours and a few showers will begin to form. Thunderstorms will move out of Texas through the overnight and overspread Acadiana. Some of these could be on the strong to severe side. The Storm Prediction Center has included most of Acadiana in a level 1 (marginal) risk for damaging winds and large hail with some of the storms. The overall severe threat is low, but we will watch the storms closely. The worst of the weather will end by midnight and cooler air pushes in behind the storms. Lows will fall into the upper 50s tomorrow morning.
Today: Sun and clouds mixed. Warm. High: 86°
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms developing overnight. Some could be strong or severe. Low: 59°
Friday: Cloudy with a few showers throughout the day. High: 71°
Cooler air spills in from the north for Friday, but clouds, and a few showers, remain throughout most of the day. The best chance for rain will be along the coast. The main focus heading into the weekend is the increasing likelihood that we will have severe storms roll through. Most of Saturday will be dry. Towards the afternoon, showers and thunderstorms will form along a warm front. With a very volatile atmosphere in place, these storms will likely be strong or severe with tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds possible. The Storm Prediction Center has already included Acadiana in a level 2 risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon and overnight. We will get a break towards sunrise Easter Sunday, but the severe weather threat increases mid-morning. The Storm Prediction Center has us outlined in a level 3 risk already for Sunday, with a concern for strong tornadoes, widespread damaging winds, and large hail possible. A lot can and will change with the timing, strength, and impacts to Acadiana, so stayed tuned and keep updated on the weather through Easter weekend.
– Meteorologist Adam Olivier