FIRST ALERT: A few strong/heavy storms possible Saturday
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An area of low pressure and a cold front will be moving across the region Saturday. This will bring an elevated threat for strong/heavy t-storms to the area.
The Weather Prediction Center has outlined a Slight Risk (2 out of 4) for flooding and the Storm Prediction Center has outlined a Marginal Risk (1 out of 5) for severe weather.
Neither threat appears to be a guarantee, but the flood threat does look more concerning as it stands right now. A wave of moderate rain with pockets of heavy rain will be moving through the local area during the late morning into the early afternoon.
A broken line of t-storms will be out ahead of an approaching cold front. That line of storms will move through mid to late afternoon. All rain will come to an end shortly after sunset. Rain amounts very by which weather model you look at.
For now, expect 1-2″ of additional rain on top of what we saw Thanksgiving Day. We have saturated ground already from Thursday’s rain, so additional rain will likely cause some nuisance type flooding of low lying, poorly drained areas Saturday afternoon and evening.
The main severe weather concerns are damaging wind and an brief/isolated tornado. Best opportunity for these threats will come with the first wave of storms late morning into the early afternoon.
If you are travelling to New Orleans for the Bayou Classic, be sure to try and get into the stadium early and bring rain gear for when you exit. Storms will be likely as the game starts and for a few hours after it concludes.
The weather will be rather nice for the tail end of the holiday weekend. Sunday is shaping up to be beautiful with mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures. The mild weather is forecast to last well into next week.
Morning lows and daytime highs look to remain above average through the conclusion of November and right into the start of December.
Another disturbance will bring enhanced chances for showers and storms Tuesday into Wednesday. It’s still too early to tell if severe weather will be an issue with this next round of storms.
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