PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 9, 2013

Strong to severe storms expected Wednesday


Port Arthur News

— A strong cold front will move through the area late Wednesday to early Thursday bringing with it windy and stormy conditions.

Roger Erickson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service-Lake Charles said the front is a typical springtime weather pattern that has the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms late Wednesday through early Thursday across Southeast Texas and portions of Louisiana.

“All types of severe weather will be possible, including tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds over 60 mph,” Erickson said in an e-mail.

In addition to the severe weather the storms are expected to bring one to three inches of rain which could result in some minor flooding.

The lakes area, he added, will likely see the most severe of the storms as well as areas above the I-10 corridor.

Temperatures will drop somewhat with the low for Thursday night in the upper 40s.

“The cold phase won’t last long and we will have a warm-up by the weekend with highs in the 70s,” he said.

Winds will be out of the north during the story period with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Mariners should also take heed of the weather warning. As the front progresses winds on Sabine Lake will be southwest 10 to 15 knots becoming north after midnight Wednesday and lake waters will be choppy on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Small craft in coastal waters from Cameron, La. to High Island should exercise caution as the frontal system moves across the area.