Will it rain on LSU’s parade?

Will it rain on LSU’s parade?
You'll want to pack rain gear if you plan on going to LSU for the big celebration. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU’s celebration for winning the National Championship title is probably going to a wet one. The challenge remains predicting exact timing of rains.

SETUP:

The current moist weather pattern will remain. An Arctic cold front will be moving down from the north sometime on Saturday, Jan. 18. Exact timing of when this front moves overhead differs based on the weather model you view. That brings about the biggest challenge: trying to forecast when the most widespread and heaviest rains will arrive into the metro Baton Rouge area. Rains will be most widespread and heaviest right along the front.

STORM POTENTIAL:

As of right now the risk for severe weather is pretty much 0%. But the First Alert Storm team won’t totally rule out a few “garden variety” t-storms. Main concern from any storm would be lightning.

EXPECTATIONS AS OF NOW:

Right now the First Alert Storm Team feels as though rains will be scattered in nature through festivities on LSU’s campus. We do not expect an all day rain, but possibly a few waves of rain moving over a given location off and on through the day. Rainfall amounts will be manageable especially through the first part of Saturday. Most will receive less than 1″ from this next storm system. Bottom line is pack the poncho if you plan on attending the National Championship Celebration festivities, and check back with the First Alert Storm Team over the next day and a half as we continue to fine tune the forecast.

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The university will be closing and reserving some lots for the parade and festivities. Please plan accordingly.

Closed Lots

The parking lots and spaces listed below that are located on the parade route will be closed to all vehicles. Personal vehicles left in these lots will be subject to relocation beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. Once the area is secured, no LSU departmental vehicles parked in the lots will be allowed to exit.

  • Lot 203 (Peabody)
  • Lot 204 (Thomas Boyd)
  • Lot 202 (Indian Mounds)
  • Huey P. Long Circle
  • Music & Dramatic Arts Circle
  • Street parking along Dalrymple Drive
  • Street parking along Donahue Drive
  • Street parking along Fieldhouse Drive

Reserved Lots

The parking lots listed below will be reserved for parade-related vehicles. Unauthorized vehicles in these lots will be subject to relocation beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.

  • Lot 101 (West Stadium Lot)
  • Lot 104 (Bernie Moore Lot)
  • Lot 201 (PMAC Lot)
  • Lot 300 (Powerhouse Lane)
  • Lot 405 (Football Operations)

If you have any questions, please contact Parking Dispatch at 225-578-5002.

Below are the three different potential scenarios for Saturday’s forecast.

High Resolution North American Model at noon Saturday
High Resolution North American Model at noon Saturday (Source: WAFB)
High resolution European Model at noon Saturday
High resolution European Model at noon Saturday (Source: WAFB)
High resolution FutureCast at noon Saturday
High resolution FutureCast at noon Saturday (Source: WAFB)

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