GOHSEP Director Mary Jones provides severe weather statistics including Red River landings and school closures

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State EOC Activation Level: Level IV (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident: 18-005 Severe Wx – Statewide – Feb 21

SITUATION: Rainfall from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley will enhance the threat for additional flash flooding and main stem river flooding across our entire outlook area. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.

North Louisiana: Although there will be a lull in widespread excessive rainfall this morning, moderate to possible heavy rainfall will return to portions of the Four-State Region this afternoon and again tonight, courtesy of  a retreating warm front. Any roadways that have been reported could once again close after this rainfall event. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches will be possible and this rain falling on top of the previous heavy rainfall event, could pose a threat of the return of flash flooding. The Flash Flood Watch has therefore been extended through Friday morning across the entire region. Precipitation should shift north of the region by Friday night. An approaching upper level disturbance and associated cold front will cause the regeneration of moderate to possibly heavy rainfall for portions of the region Saturday. Aside from the flooding potential, some of these thunderstorms could become strong to severe. The severe and heavy rainfall threat will diminish from west to east Saturday evening with the frontal passage.

NATCHITOCHES

  • Schools closed
  • Several Parish roads inundated with water