National Weather Service warns 911 Commission of severe winds anticipated March 30.

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Nathan Wilson | Reporter

The National Weather Service (NWS) hosted a webinar with the 911 Commission Tuesday afternoon to warn of a severe storm approaching Natchitoches from the west. Winds are expected to begin strengthening Tuesday evening with gusts reaching 40-45 mph during the night.

Natchitoches parish lies within a region at risk of developing thunderstorm supercell conditions during Wednesday’s storm.

Weather conditions are expected to intensify Wednesday morning as the squall line reaches Natchitoches. The storm is anticipated to peak by 1 p.m. as the front passes over.

Attending the webinar are Natchitoches Times reporter Nathan Wilson, Deputy LaMar McGaskey with the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Sheriff Stuart Wright, NPSO’s Tony Moran and NPSO’s Maj. Doug Rachel.

In a worst-case scenario, the NWS warned about the possible formation of a thunderstorm supercell as the storm passes through central Louisiana. Thunderstorm supercells are associated with high winds (70-80 mph) and hail and create conditions favorable for tornados. In this scenario, Natchitoches Parish is along the western edge of the parishes threatened by severe weather as the storm travels eastward.
Natchitoches parish lies within a region at risk of developing thunderstorm supercell conditions during Wednesday’s storm.