Severe storm risk has gone up for northern counties, communities

Saturday forecast Showers arrive later today

Saturday forecast Showers arrive later today

Damaging winds, a few tornadoes and large hail are all possible.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport said the threat for severe storms will increase significantly in the afternoon and evening. The atmospheric winds, in general, are not conducive for widespread severe weather, but a few storms may be severe.

Ahead of this system, moisture will stream in from the Gulf of Mexico at the surface on southerly winds. Moist dew points like these are generally supportive of a buoyant atmosphere, which makes it easier for storms to grow. Winds will turn southeast tonight and south through the day Friday to bring in moisture and warmer temperatures in advance of a cold front that will be here late Friday.

The threat for severe storms will gradually diminish during the overnight hours, as the cold front moves away from the area. These areas could see some localized flash flooding of 3"-4" of rain. Download the WDAM First Alert Weather app today for real-time interactive radar, location-based severe weather alerts and a constantly updated forecast for wherever you are. Damaging winds and large hail will be the primary threats, but a few tornadoes and even some localized flooding can not be ruled out.

Forecast: A broken line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move eastward through northern Florida, central and/or southern Georiga and the coastal Carolinas during the day into the evening hours.

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