A tornado watch has been issued for much of Southeast Louisiana and MS through 2 a.m., including the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
Today, there is a 50 percent chance of showers, with patchy fog before 11 a.m., the weather service said.
The Raleigh weather service office said to expect scattered storms this afternoon, and winds in those could reach 40 miles per hour. A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms over the next several hours. During the afternoon, most storms should be confined to areas along and west of I-35.
While widespread severe weather is not expected, a few storms may produce damaging wind gusts and hail.
The storms can bring locally heavy rain, which could quickly reduce visibility and pond on the road, the weather service said. Ground could still be saturated in some areas, putting some trees at risk in case of strong straight-line wind or tornado activity.
As of early Thursday afternoon, the Storm Prediction Center has Austin, and all of the KVUE viewing area, under the "marginal" category for severe weather, which is the lowest on their scale. The weekend will be dry.
Severe weather is back in the forecast for late Wednesday night and through the day on Thursday.
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The threat of severe thunderstorms will slide from eastern Texas into the lower Mississippi Valley. The flash flood watch will continue in our viewing area until 3 a.m.
A slow-moving weather system will sit over Central Illinois for most of the day, with rain, high winds and possibly thunderstorms expected. Since this will be overnight make sure you have some way to be woken up if warnings are issued for your area.
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