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Jay's Forecast: Severe thunderstorm watch issued until 8 p.m.

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A stormy evening is expected across most of the region. WAFB Chief Meteorologist Jay Grymes says he expects the "main action" to reach the viewing area during the evening Thursday.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is now in effect for the northern half of Louisiana through 8 p.m. this evening -- Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have already been issued for several northwestern parishes with more on the way.

Expect a WATCH to include sections of the WAFB area later today.

"The current timing for this evening's front has it rolling into the greater Baton Rouge area during the mid to late evening hours with the main front likely preceded by a squall line," Grymes said. "Just how well-developed the squall line becomes in the next several hours will largely define the threat, intensity and extent of severe storms impacting our viewing area."

The main severe weather threats will be in the form of damaging winds with gusts potentially reaching upwards of 60-70 mph in spots. However, while the potential is low, there remains a slight possibility for one or two short-lived tornadoes, especially north of the Capital City, Grymes said.

Rain totals will likely be on the order of 1" or more for the better part of the viewing area, with some localized 2" totals possible for areas along and north of the I-10/12 corridor into SW Mississippi.

Fortunately, the nasty weather mess is expected to steadily move eastward through the night and clear the viewing area well before sunrise on Friday. Jay's forecast for Friday afternoon is calling for sunny conditions, cooler and less humid, with highs in the mid to upper 60°s.

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