BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for several cities and parishes across Southeast Louisiana.
According to the National Weather Center, the following parishes need to be on watch: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Madison, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
A line of strong t-storms is expected to push into Southeast Louisiana late Saturday into the predawn hours of Sunday.
Weather officials say the primary threat from these storms is wind gusts to near 45 miles per hour. This could cause tree limbs to be downed and unsecured small objects to be blown around. Residents are urged to stay indoors until the storms have passed.
Some of these storms could be severe with strong damaging winds and maybe even a tornado. Residents should have a weather radio or an active alert system on your smartphone ready to go if they head to bed before the storms. The stormy weather will end a little before sunrise for most.
9News Meteorologist Jeff Murrow says we will stay cloudy with mild temperatures until Monday morning. Colder air will be on the backside of a secondary front making for a winter-like feel for Christmas Eve Tuesday and Christmas Day Wednesday. We may even see a light freeze in some locations Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Temperatures will remain just below normal for the remainder of the week with highs near 60° and lows in the mid to upper 30°s Thursday through Saturday.