When will Thursday's weather get dangerous?

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 17, 2019 - 9:18 pm

Southeast Louisiana faces a threat of severe weather Thursday.

"The Storm Prediction Center has placed our entire area – both north and south of the lake – at an ‘enhanced’ risk of severe weather Thursday,"  WWL-TV Meteorologist Alexandra Cranford said.

She says most of the area will start to see the weather start heading downhill after 11:00am.

"The severe elements we’ll be watching for are damaging wind gusts, tornadoes (possibly up to EF2 strength) and hail (possibly up to 2” diameter)."

Here is a look at the anticipated timing:

  • 11 am – 2 pm: A few isolated storms could form ahead of the main system. There may not be a lot of these early cells, but any that form will have the potential to turn strong to severe.
  • 2 pm – 8 pm: The bulk of the strong storms will happen in this time frame. Much of it may come as a line of strong thunderstorms progressing across the area from west to east especially around 4-6 p.m.
  • 8 pm – 11 pm: The severe threat will be lower, and the rain will gradually come to an end from west to east.

Cranford expects rain amounts will be 1-3 inches, so some brief street flooding will be possible in spots, especially north of the lake where 2-3+ inches are expected.

All of the bad weather is expected to be over by midnight.

Good Friday will be windy with decreasing clouds and maybe a stray shower or two wrapping behind the low pressure. Beautiful weather follows for Saturday and Easter Sunday with temps starting in the 50s and climbing into the 70s.


Mostly cloudy, windy, warm and humid with a 100% chance for heavy rain and thunderstorms. Numerous storms expected to become strong to severe. Highs around 80. Wind S 12-20 mph.

Cloudy and breezy with a 40% chance for showers ending. Lows around 57. Wind NW 10-18 mph.

Mostly cloudy, windy, less humid and cooler with a 20% chance for stray showers. Highs around 69.

Sunny and mild. Lows north of the lake around 45 and south around 51. Highs around 74.

Sunny and warm. Lows north of the lake around 52 and south around 58. Highs around 79.

Partly cloudy and warm. Lows around 59. Highs around 82.

Partly cloudy and warm with a 20% chance for showers. Lows around 64. Highs around 82.

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