A strong spring storm system that has been responsible for damaging winds, baseball-sized hail, and frequent tornadoes is pushing its way across Texas today. That system is expected begin affecting the westernmost parishes of our state by Wednesday evening.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed a large portion of northern Louisiana and portions of west central Louisiana at an enhanced risk of severe storms through Wednesday evening and into the wee small hours of Thursday morning.

The rest of the state is in a forecast area where meteorologists are thinking that the severe weather threat is not as likely but still a very real possibility.

This storm system should be moving out of the area during the day on Thursday and much quieter and calmer conditions should move into place. After the next 24 hours of rowdy and raucous thunderstorms, forecasters believe the next big threat of rain will come late in the weekend with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms returning for Sunday.