Posted: Mar 1, 2014 2:46 PM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
Updated: Mar 1, 2014 2:46 PM
The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted a large portion of Southern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, for a severe weather risk late Sunday into Monday.
Warm and moist air is expected to continue lifting into the area from the Gulf of Mexcio through the day on Sunday. Meanwhile, a strong upper level disturbance racing from the California across Texas will grab a surface low pressure system and cold front, advancing it into Louisiana. Locally, the Baton Rouge area will find Sunday to be partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s. Thus, a sharp temperature gradient of about 20° across the boundary will help to strengthen the incoming cold front and lead to the development of showers and thunderstorms.
Expect a line of storms to develop ahead of the cold front, approach the viewing area during the evening hours and cross during the overnight period between Sunday and Monday. Thunderstorms that do develop may contain damaging wind gusts and potentially large hail. Any strong or severe storms are expected to move out by mid-morning Monday.
Stick with WBRZ for further updates as our team of forecasters monitor this situation.