A PDS Tornado Watch is in effect until 8 PM for the WBRZ viewing area
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a PDS Tornado Watch for the entire WBRZ Viewing area until 8 PM tonight. A PDS Tornado watch means that there is a higher risk for strong and long-track tornadoes across the watch area.
Round 1 of the storms was really uneventful this morning, but Round 2 will have a much stronger punch to it this afternoon and into the evening. We will stay very warm and humid with low-level clouds zooming by from south to north. This will make it VERY windy. The strong cold front will move closer to Baton Rouge during the afternoon and evening. Individual thunderstorms will form ahead of the front and an eastward moving squall line. These individual storms could easily rotate and produce tornadoes along with wind damage. Then the squall line of storms will move into Baton Rouge, and it will likely produce damaging winds in excess of 75 mph along with a few more tornadoes. This is all forecast to move through the City of Baton Rouge between now and 5 PM. Then the front will clear the city around 6 PM. All of these storms will also have heavy rain too.
Once the squall line moves through the cold front will follow behind it. It will be quite windy and then the temperatures will drop from the 70s to the 40s quickly behind the front. Brrr!
Be sure you are prepared for this possible severe weather situation!! I know many of you are not thinking about the weather and only concerned about Christmas. However, I urge you to stay tuned to WBRZ, WBRZ.com, WBRZ's Cable Weather Channel, my Facebook and Twitter feeds too for updates throughout the day. Be sure to secure or bring in any Christmas decorations that could blow away or cause damage today.
Stay safe and informed! Have a Merry Christmas!! -Dave & Ryan