In the Deep South today, there is a risk for severe weather, including tornadoes, along the Gulf Coast to the Arklatex. An enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms has been posted through West Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and East Texas. A Tornado Watch has already been issued for areas between New Orleans and Houston and additional watches will probably be needed later today.
The most likely area for tornadoes today extends across East Texas into Southwest Louisiana. Wind gusts above 60 mph and hail larger than an inch in diameter are the biggest threats for today.
Humidity levels will be increasing throughout the day as a rich flow of moisture pushes into the area from southerly winds off the Gulf of Mexico. As the low pressure center drives to the east, thunderstorms will continue to develop. The most intense storms will likely be located near the warm front and ahead of the low. Storms will begin to diminish overnight.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels