Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Isolated Severe Storms Possible

An upper-air disturbance moving into Louisiana this morning in advance of a cool front is giving storms to our northwest a bit of a boost. Around 9:30 a.m., the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) indicated it would likely issue a severe weather watch for much of the area outlined below:

Nearly 2 hours later, most of the storms have been held in check and the SPC has yet to issue a watch for any of our viewers. One thing working in our favor so far is generally overcast skies. Clouds are limiting the amount of heating taking place, which is keeping the atmosphere just stable enough to prevent the storms from getting stronger. Here's a look at an 11 a.m. snapshot from our Interactive Radar:

While most of the activity is being kept in check, we will be monitoring those stronger storms you see around Alexandria that will move into portions of the area this afternoon. I still think widespread severe weather is unlikely, but a few isolated strong-to-severe storms, with hail, damaging winds, or even an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.

We'll have more through the day on WAFB...and don't forget to follow us on Twitter - @WAFBweather or @stevecaparotta

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