Rain to linger as threat of severe weather passes

FIRST ALERT NOON FORECAST: Mon., Oct. 21 - Keep your afternoon guard up

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Rain will linger throughout the viewing area as the threat of severe weather passes, bringing behind it some cooler weather.

Make sure you have a way of being alerted in case a Watch or Warning is issued either by the alerts setting on our free First Alert Weather App or by using a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.

Short-range high-resolution weather models have begun to come into an agreement on the likely scenario for Monday. By late morning, individualized (discreet) t-storms will push north out of the Gulf of Mexico. These discreet storms will have the greatest chance of producing brief, weak, isolated tornadoes. A squall line will move in behind these discreet storms by the early to mid part of the afternoon. The line of t-storms will be capable of producing winds of 60 mph.

A possible tornado injured a person in Geismar, according to the National Weather Service.

A cold front will sweep through the area late Monday afternoon allowing for the strong storms to exit the area. Behind the front will be another nice cooldown. The kids will want the jackets for morning bus stops Tuesday through Thursday. Another cold front is set to arrive Friday into Saturday.

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Make sure to secure any loose items you may have outside as they could be picked up and thrown as debris by high winds or a possible tornado. Be sure to go over the safe shelter rule with your kids in the event a tornado warning is issued nearby. Move to the bottom floor, interior most portion of your home away from outside walls and windows. Bring a helmet, blanket, or pillow to cover your head in case of flying debris.

If you are able to take pictures or videos of storm damage safely, submit them to us via 9reports.com.

Right now severe weather remains a possibility for Friday’s frontal passage as well. We still have time to see how the weather develops Friday for possible issuance of a First Alert Weather Day. Rains could linger into Saturday. Long-range weather models are split on how quickly the storm system will exit at this time.

Into next week the weather will remain cool with a chance for some showers by mid-week.

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