FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Storms push through Baton Rouge area

FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Wednesday, March 17 - Storms exit Baton Rouge area

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A strong cold front and low-pressure system moved through our area Wednesday, March 17, causing fewer warnings than expected but turning out to be a much wetter event than models anticipated.

There were at least three confirmed tornadoes, mainly in Mississippi, not in our viewing area, as the tornado watch continued through 9 p.m.

There was one tornado warning in our viewing area, in Wilkinson County, but still no confirmation of an actual touchdown.

Satellite & Radar projection for south Louisiana for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Satellite & Radar projection for south Louisiana for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Source: WAFB)
FutureCast for south Louisiana for 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
FutureCast for south Louisiana for 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Source: WAFB)
FutureCast for south Louisiana for 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
FutureCast for south Louisiana for 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Source: WAFB)
FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Wednesday, March 17 - Severe storms surround the Baton Rouge area
This helps viewers understand what it means when a tornado watch is issued for an area.
This helps viewers understand what it means when a tornado watch is issued for an area. (Source: WAFB)
This helps to explain how much more serious a tornado warning is than a tornado watch.
This helps to explain how much more serious a tornado warning is than a tornado watch. (Source: WAFB)

Now that the line of storms has moved through, we are clear and dry with a substantial cool down, down to the low 50s by daybreak tomorrow.

10 day forecast as of Wednesday, March 17.
10 day forecast as of Wednesday, March 17. (Source: WAFB)

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