Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Lake Charles, LA
FXUS64 KLCH 262133
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lake Charles LA
433 PM CDT Wed Apr 26 2017
Upper air analysis/water vapor satellite imagery showed an
elongated trof axis stretching from N-S over the Central/Southern
Plains, with en embedded shortwave trof with its base over the Red
River region of OK/TX. This feature is progged to eject out in a
negatively tilted fashion TWD the Mid MS River Valley tonight,
with its associated trailing CDFNT, evident in SFC/radar
observations extending NE to SW near a Shreveport to College
Station line, sweeping through the forecast area this evening.
Southward extent of convection along the front reaches to near
South winds have begun to decrease over SE TX, and this trend
should continue from W to E over the next few hours, aided by the
loss of daytime heating. Trimmed Jefferson/Orange counties from
the Wind Advisory, but left all LA parishes as is with occasional
sustained speeds still reaching 20 mph and frequent gusts in the
25-30 mph range. Made similar wind related adjustments to the
marine hazards, replacing the SCY over the coastal lakes and bays
and nearshore waters with a SCEC headline. The SCEC for the former
will end at 7pm, with the latter running through the night along
with the SCY over the outer waters for ongoing south winds and
post frontal NW winds.
Light streamer type showers continue within the pre-frontal
airmass, but radar trends to the north and latest guidance
indicate that deep convection will likely be tied more closely
with the arrival of the front, and it remains uncertain just how
far to the S/SW convection will build along the boundary. Bulk of
guidance confines the more significant activity to northern zones,
where parameters would support a severe risk. Have maintained the
severe wording in this area in line with the SPC slight risk.
Primary risks would be large hail/damaging winds.
Front and associated convection should move quickly through the
area during the evening hours, with the front expected to be east
of the Lower Atchafalaya by 06Z. A quick bout of cooler/drier air
will follow its passage, with a weak SFC high sliding into the
area THU morning. Light south winds will return by afternoon as
this feature shifts off to the east, with the onshore flow
intensifying THU night as a shortwave trof translating through
fast NW flow aloft over the western CONUS induces low pressure
over the Southern Plains. This initial feature will quickly lift
out to the NE THU night into FRI, well away from the region, but
will be followed by a more significant upper trof digging into the
This feature is progged to slowly move eastward through the
weekend, pushing a slow moving front through the area SAT night
into SUN. Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected, with
this system looking to pose a locally heavy rainfall/severe risk.
Details on this will be further refined over the next couple of
Dry weather to start the upcoming work week, with rain chances
returning again by mid week.
South winds are starting to decrease over the coastal waters, and
will continue subsiding from west to east as a cold front
approaches the area. This front is forecast to push through the
region this evening, with increasing and gusty northwest winds in
its wake. Winds will diminish early Thursday morning as high
pressure begins to settle into the area. South winds will return
by Thursday afternoon as the high moves off to the east, and start
to increase on Friday ahead of another approaching storm system.
South winds will become quite strong and gusty over the weekend
as this system continues to slowly approach the area, with
northwest winds expected Sunday night as another cold front is
driven through the area.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
AEX 54 78 63 88 / 50 0 10 20
LCH 57 80 67 86 / 30 0 10 10
LFT 62 83 70 88 / 50 0 10 10
BPT 56 81 69 87 / 20 0 10 10
LA...Wind Advisory until 7 PM CDT this evening for LAZ027>033-041>045-
GM...Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM CDT Thursday for GMZ470-472-475.
Small Craft Exercise Caution until 7 PM CDT this evening for
Small Craft Exercise Caution through late tonight for GMZ450-452-