A strong cold front is moving through this morning with a line of showers and storms, some of which could be strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed a portion of our area under a marginal risk (1/5) as the cold front moves eastward,
This front could cause issues with your Friday morning commute with gusty winds and heavy rain. The cold front will cause temperatures to drop from the 60s and 70s in the morning to the 50s by the afternoon. Grab a warm jacket before you leave the house Friday morning!
Threats: This front will see a line of showers and storms with damaging wind gusts being the biggest concern. Damaging wind gusts of 58+ mph will be possible with the stronger storms. Another concern will be the heavy rain threat. Rain will linger after the leading edge of storms with reasonable totals around 0.75″ – 1.50″ with locally higher amounts. There is a marginal risk (1/4) for excessive rainfall over the area. Localized areas of flash flooding could occur.
There is a non-zero chance of a brief, isolated tornado being embedded in the line, but the threat is not too high. Hail does not look to be a threat for our areas with these storms.
Timing: The leading edge of showers and storms will begin to enter our northwestern areas before daybreak and continue towards the Baton Rouge metro around 7-10 am. This could cause concerns for Friday morning commutes. Even after the leading edge clears, the severe threat ends, but rain and a few elevated storms will continue into the afternoon and evening. Some guidance shows some light rain lingering overnight into Saturday.
How to Prepare
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