Union Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 3:28 AM CST on March 04, 2015

... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 9 am
CST Thursday...

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for freezing rain and sleet... which is in effect
from 6 PM this evening to 9 am CST Thursday. The Winter Storm
Watch is no longer in effect.

* Event... rain will transition to freezing rain and eventually to
sleet and snow as cold air on the surface and aloft spreads over
the area.

* Timing... winter precipitation in the form of freezing rain is
expected during the evening hours followed by a transition to
sleet and snow after midnight.

* Impact... freezing rain and sleet accumulations of up to a
quarter of an inch... and snow accumulations of up to one inch
will make driving conditions hazardous.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow...
sleet... and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also
possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Flood Warning
Statement as of 7:12 PM CST on March 03, 2015

The Flood Warning continues for
the Ouachita River at Thatcher l&d.
* Until Thursday evening... or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 6:00 am Tuesday the stage was 79.2 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 79.0 feet.
* Forecast... the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by
Thursday early afternoon.

             Fld observed forecast 7 am
location stg stg day time Wed Thu Fri Sat sun

Ouachita River
Thatcher l 79 79.2 Tue 06 am 79.0 78.8 78.0 77.5 77.1

Lat... Lon 3311 9223 3323 9236 3329 9261 3338 9247
3333 9226 3322 9212

Lake Wind Advisory
Statement as of 3:35 AM CST on March 04, 2015

... Lake Wind Advisory in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 6 am
CST Thursday...

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a lake Wind
Advisory... which is in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 6 am
CST Thursday.

* Event... high pressure building behind a strong cold front will
bring north winds up to 20 mph with higher gusts late this
afternoon and tonight.

* Timing... winds will increase to around 20 mph along the
Interstate 30 corridor and spread southward late this afternoon
and into the overnight hours. Winds to diminish around sunrise
Thursday morning across deep East Texas and west central Louisiana.

* Impact... boaters should exercise caution due to rough chop on
area lakes.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A lake Wind Advisory indicates that winds will cause rough chop
on area lakes. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 5:33 am CST on March 4, 2015

... Continuing severe weather awareness week for Texas... Oklahoma...
Louisiana... and Arkansas...

Today's topic is lightning safety...

There are an estimated 25 million cloud to ground lightning flashes
each year. While lightning can be fascinating to watch... it is also
dangerous. Most lightning caused deaths occur during the Spring and
Summer months when the frequency of thunderstorms and outdoor
activities peak.

By definition... all thunderstorms produce lightning. During a
thunderstorm... each flash of cloud to ground lightning is a potential
killer. Although some victims are struck directly by the main
lightning stroke... most are affected indirectly when lightning
strikes nearby objects... and the electrical current moves through the
ground. Because these indirect strikes are weaker in intensity...
most victims survive... though often with painful and lifelong
effects. While most people take some protective action during a
thunderstorm... many unknowingly still leave themselves vulnerable.

Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the base of a
thunderstorm... which is about the distance from a storm that you are
able to hear its thunder. If you can hear thunder... then you are
close enough to be struck by lightning.