Severe weather will shift to the western Gulf Coast on Monday, becoming replaced by a chilly rain and wind in the southern Plains.
Monday’s severe weather will follow the violent thunderstorms that will target Dallas and Oklahoma City to end the weekend.
While these cities will turn cooler to start the new week, the severe weather threat zone will center on Houston and College Station, Texas and Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Monday will bring a one-two punch of strong storms to southeastern Texas and Louisiana,” stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Becky Elliott.
“A squall line looks to move through [southeastern Texas and western Louisiana] in the morning hours and could produce damaging winds and torrential downpours,” she continued.
In addition to the potential for some tree damage and power outages, those in Houston will be faced with a slower commute with possible delays to both air and ground travel.
Downpours accompanying the squall line would dramatically reduce visibility and cause water to pond on roadways, heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.
In the wake of the squall line, Elliott added “Residents of southeastern Texas and Louisiana should not let their guard down though as storms are likely to develop late in the afternoon.”
“The environment holds the right ingredients for these storms to produce strong winds, large hail and an isolated tornado or two.”