NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Saturday was amazing for all the festivals and outdoor events going on around the region. It's good that most got in a great Saturday and Friday for some because Sunday goes downhill with a serious threat of severe weather including a risk for tornadoes and a Flash Flood Watch already set to begin Sunday afternoon.
A strong area of low pressure moves out of Texas during the day, storms will likely move in from the west by afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma places a moderate risk, second only to high, over a large area including southwest Louisiana. Most of our western parishes fall into the enhanced risk area with the rest in slight. That means the severe weather experts believe there is a very high likelihood that strong storms including hail, high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes will form during the day Sunday within each area. I agree there will be several strong storms developing with a focus on where the warm front forms in relation to strong winds that split direction in the upper levels. Not everyone will see a storm on Sunday afternoon, but those that do can expect it to be strong with high winds and possibly large hail as well as a threat for a tornado.
Widespread street flooding with some areas getting anywhere from three to six inches of rain in a short period of time is possible overnight. There is a possibility of storms moving across the same areas creating pockets of higher totals through Monday.
The threat for excessive rainfall and severe weather could be higher than Thursday's system. Pay close attention to the forecast as we finish the weekend. Some storms will linger into the beginning of Monday. Plan for extra morning drive time with windy weather building in by the afternoon.
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