Tornado Watch issued for WBRZ viewing area

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The National Weather Service released a WATCH THE TORNADO was issued for entire WBRZ viewing area until 11 a.m.

A TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes and/or damaging winds in and around the watch area. Be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for subsequent statements and possible warnings. If a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in a low-level interior room of a sturdy building. Take pets (on a leash) with you, wear hard-soled shoes, monitor storm coverage on a wireless device, and cover your head in case of wind or tornado impact. To learn more about tornado safety, CLICK HERE.

THE FORECASTS

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The National Weather Service released a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, East Feliciana, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana Parishes as well as, Amite, Pike and Wilkinson Counties

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means that conditions may develop that lead to flash floods. Flash floods are a very dangerous situation. Be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for subsequent statements and possible warnings. To learn more about flood safety, CLICK HERE.

Early Tuesday: A group or line of thunderstorms will approach from the northwest after daybreak. The ingredients for severe weather are not as high as previous events and there are signs that they won’t all line up at once, but we’ve seen more with less in the past. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) outlook ranges from a marginal risk of 1/5 along the coast to an increased risk of 3/5 for parishes that border the Mississippi. The Baton Rouge area is included in a 2/5 light risk.

Expect rain and thunderstorms to reach areas northwest of Baton Rouge by 7:00 a.m., the metropolitan area by 9:00 a.m., and weakening scattered activity could reach the coast by 11:00 a.m. With these storms, gusty winds are the main threat in terms of severe weather with hail and isolated tornadoes possible but less likely. The line is expected to slow as it reaches the local area, which could cause a period of heavy rain. Most places will get about an inch of rain, but one or two places could get up to three inches. If and where these amounts drop, problems with street flooding and poor drainage could develop. The bottom line is that the closer you are to southwest Mississippi, the more likely you are to encounter impactful weather, the closer you are to the Louisiana coast, the less likely you are to encounter impactful weather conditions.

Reminder: Have a way to receive warnings. Be sure to avoid driving during a severe thunderstorm or flash flood warning. 2a In to WBRZ from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the latest forecasts. You can download or activate the WBRZ WX app on your Apple Where android device or turn on a NOAA weather radio for bulletins such as watches and urgent warnings. Of course, WBRZ, WBRZ+ and Cable Weather Channel will have updates based on active weather.

The second half of Tuesday will be calmer. The persistent showers will give way to the return of the sun and high temperatures in the 80s.

Following: Wednesday will be heavy. Temperatures will start near 70 degrees with partly sunny skies. The afternoon will bring temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. A cold front will move in the afternoon and evening. While this system may struggle to produce showers or thunderstorms, anything that develops will have plenty of energy to grow strong, especially north and east of Baton Rouge. Beyond this front, the rest of the week and the weekend will be clear with temperatures 5 to 10 degrees below average. In fact, you’ll want a jacket in the morning! Click here to see the 7 day forecast.



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