Severe thunderstorms possible on Tuesday

Published 7:20 pm Monday, November 14, 2011

A large muscovy duck stayed near Johanna Lieby, 2, as the tike prepared to toss the fowl a piece of bread.

The bread was gone almost as soon as it left her hand.

Lieby, along with little brother, Tim, 1, and mother, Theresa Lieby, moved around Doornbos Park on Monday for a play date.

“We wanted to come out today since it is supposed to rain tomorrow,” Theresa Lieby said.

The  mom is correct, according to the National Weather Service-Lake Charles.

Roger Erickson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service — Lake Charles, La. said the threat of severe weather will start in southeast Texas Tuesday afternoon and move into Louisiana through the late afternoon and evening.

“Large hail is the primary threat followed by damaging winds and tornadoes,” Erickson said.

Joe Rua, also a meteorologist with the NWS, said the weather system is the result of a strong upper level disturbance moving out of Mexico, across Texas and into Louisiana.

“The main threat is hail and some gusty, straight level winds as the storm moves across the area,” Rua said.

The chance of tornadoes is low, but possible.

There is a 80 percent chance of severe thunderstorms for Tuesday with a high near 76. The chance of thunderstorms drops to 50 percent by Tuesday night. The low will be around 63.

Temperatures aren’t expected to dip into near freezing levels as they did last week though. Wednesday’s high, following the front, will be 78 with a low of 53 while Thursday’s high will be 68 followed by a low of 48.

mmeaux@panews.com