Monitoring the severe weather threat for Saturday


ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Rain, rain, go away! Rain showers and thunderstorms are possible starting early Saturday morning and they will continue into the early morning hours on Sunday.

The Storm Prediction Center has put most of central Louisiana under a severe threat starting Saturday morning and extending into early Sunday morning. The threat has improved for our area, but that does not mean that we are out of the picture. We are still under that marginal risk.

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There will be two rounds push through. The first round will be starting around early Saturday morning and extend into the afternoon. These thunderstorms will be scattered with a few loud rumbles of thunder and heavy downpours. Wind shear will be strong near the surface so the severe threat is still there. Our biggest concern will be large hail and damaging winds.

The second round will start to move through the area Saturday night ahead of a cold front. This cold front is moving in from the north and we will see clear skies behind it. It should be out of the area by the time you head out the door early Sunday morning.

With these multiple different rounds of rain showers and thunderstorms, flooding could be a concern in some areas. It is possible to get 1/2 inch to 2 inches of rainfall. Damaging winds and large hail will most likely be associated with them, but a tornado or two cannot be ruled out of the picture.

Make sure you have a plan before any severe threat is issued. Having a plan will make it easier for yourself and your family. Respecting and doing something when these warnings are issued is an important thing.

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