As expected, a squall line developed across Louisiana and Mississippi overnight, and has steadily progressed east.
Timing: Presently (as of 7:30am CST) the squall line was located over Southeast Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and North/Central Alabama, advancing east. It will continue to progress east throughout the day today, eventually pushing into Southern Alabama and the Western Florida Panhandle late this morning into early this afternoon.
Severe weather potential: At this time none of the storms within the line are severe. However, as the line progresses east, it will have the potential to produce some severe weather. And as a result of this potential, there is a “slight” risk zone in place for Southeast Louisiana, Southwest Mississippi, Central and Southern Alabama, and the Western Florida Panhandle today.
Damaging straight line winds, isolated tornadoes, and hail will be the primary threats associated with the squall line.
Watches: Additionally, there is a tornado watch in place for Southeast Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and Southwest Louisiana through noon. There is also another watch in place for Central and Northeast Alabama through 10:00am CST.
The line should weaken this afternoon right after it pushes through Southwest Alabama and the Western Florida Panhandle late this morning and early this afternoon. Therefore, the severe weather threat will significantly decrease after this time.
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