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Severe Weather Risk Monday: Houston to Little Rock

The stage is set for severe thunderstorms to threaten some communities across East Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley on Monday, kicking off what promises to be a stormy week.

Places from southern Arkansas to western Louisiana and East Texas will be under the gun for a handful of violent thunderstorms Monday afternoon, while snow returns to the Great Lakes.

This includes the communities of Little Rock, Ark., Shreveport and Lake Charles, La., and Tyler and Houston, Texas.

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Many of the strongest thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds with hail, blinding downpours and isolated tornadoes also concerns.

The thunderstorms should organize into a solid line by nightfall and then race eastward across eastern Louisiana, Mississippi and into far western Alabama during the overnight hours. Damaging winds and downpours will be the main threats.

Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La., Jackson and Gulfport, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., are among the communities in the path of Monday night's violent thunderstorms. Hattiesburg, Miss., which was struck by a tornado a week ago, is also at risk.

While a widespread outbreak of severe weather is not expected later Monday, residents should not let their guard down. It only takes one violent thunderstorm or isolated tornado to cause damage and put lives in harm's way.

In addition, Monday's severe weather is just the start of a stormy week for East Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley as AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned for more numerous violent thunderstorms to erupt on Thursday.