Severe weather likely this weekend

Weather

StormTracker Forecast…Strong to severe storms will be possible starting late Friday night/after midnight. Currently, the window of opportunity looks to be Friday overnight/early Saturday morning to around lunchtime on Saturday. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area under a Slight (threat level 2 of 5) and Marginal risk (1 of 5) for severe weather before sunrise on Saturday.

The threat for severe weather will increase after sunrise on Saturday; therefore, the SPC has placed the entire area under an Enhanced Risk (3 of 5) for severe weather for Saturday. The main threats would be damaging wind and tornadoes. Also, a strong, long-lived tornado cannot be ruled out.

In the meantime, brush up on your severe weather safety plan for you, your family, and your pets. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive warnings Friday night through Saturday. Be ready to seek shelter if any warnings are issued for your area. The timing is especially concerning because we may see severe storms develop while most folks are asleep — be sure you have ways of receiving warnings that will wake you up!

Storms clear out Saturday afternoon, leaving us partly cloudy with temperatures in the 60s. Overall, Sunday will be pleasant. We’ll see partly cloudy skies with highs in the 60s. Rain chances begin to increase once again late on Sunday. If you’re headed to the National Championship game, grab the rain gear if you’ll be enjoying some of the pre-game festivities outdoors. Rain chance is around 50% for New Orleans and 60% for Baton Rouge. Heavy rain will be a possibility.

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