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Winter Storm to Bring Harzardous Travel from the Plains to the Northeast through this Weekend

A sprawling winter storm will create hazardous travel conditions from the Plains into the Northeastern U.S. through this weekend. Areas of moderate to heavy snow are forecast over much of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and the interior Northeast and northern New England. Freezing rain is expected from the southern Plains into the Mid Mississippi Valley, and the Mid Atlantic region. Read More >

The National Weather Service depends on accurate reporting of severe weather in its mission to protect lives and property. We would like to hear of any significant weather phenomena that you observe, though we are particularly interested in receiving timely reports of tornadoes, one inch (quarter-sized) and larger hail, wind gusts of 58 mph or more, and flash flooding.


The National Weather Service office in Lake Charles serves the parishes and counties depicted in the map at the bottom of this page.

For life-threatening and imminent severe weather threats, please contact local law enforcement immediately (even if you also contact us by social media or email) and ask that they relay your report to the National Weather Service.

You can report significant weather on social media:

When posting weather reports to social media, it is helpful to include the hashtag #lawx for our parishes in Louisiana and #txwx for our counties in Texas.

When timeliness is not an issue, you may send weather reports and photos to our webmaster at SR-LCH.webmaster@noaa.gov.  From time to time, we receive weather photos that would enhance our severe weather training, outreach, and other education efforts. If we may use the photos that you send us for non-profit purposes, please let us know. We strive to include photo credits whenever possible.

To view storm reports from our area from the past 24 hours (or greater), click here.

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