April 16, 2014 8:27 AM
We look at thermometers and can instantly qualify the feeling of cold, warm or temperate. Wednesday Morning, a quick check of the numbers revealed record setting cold on the heels of a memorable winter in the Deep South. Baton Rouge bottomed out at 37° making it the coldest morning for... more »
April 15, 2014 9:19 AM
It only makes sense for this winter that Wednesday Morning may accomplish a wintry feat unmatched in Baton Rouge history. Enough that a record low will likely fall, one more big-chill could etch the 2013-2014 winter in history.
On April 15, 2008 the morning low temperature in Baton Rouge... more »
March 22, 2014 10:28 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The cold, wet spring has delayed corn planting in Louisiana, where it has become a major crop. Charles Cannatella of Melville says farmers in the north have generally finished planting by now, and those in central Louisiana are usually well on their way. He says he hasn't... more »
March 20, 2014 12:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Twice the average number of freezes, four wintry precipitation events and a top ten coldest month headline winter 2013-2014 in Southern Louisiana.
Still unrelenting for some, and as southerners welcome spring with spring-like weather, the WBRZ Weather Center looks back on an undoubtedly harsh winter in... more »
March 8, 2014 6:36 PM
HOUMA, La. - The long, cold winter means crawfish are scarce and expensive. During cold weather, crawfish stay at the bottom of their ponds or streams, and don't eat. That means they're much smaller than usual for this time of year - and they're not taking the bait in crawfish... more »
March 5, 2014 1:11 PM
Yesterday came very close to setting the record for the coldest Mardi Gras of all-time, while the day itself fell much later than usual! New Orleans recorded an official high temperature of 41° just prior to midnight but most of the daylight hours were spent in the upper 30s. Should... more »
March 4, 2014 6:19 AM
The freezing line has risen north of Baton Rouge and steady rain falling across the area is beginning to cease freezing on contact. As of 1pm, areas on a line from New Roads northeast to McComb and points north of that line remained at 32° with freezing rain occuring. Through... more »
March 1, 2014 9:52 AM
Mom relied on mustard plasters, Vick's Vapo-Rub and salt-water gargling to relieve cold symptoms. She believed temperature changes were the cause. As noted in a previous column, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases contend cold weather is the common scapegoat for colds and viruses. Their research confirms drastic... more »
February 12, 2014 5:37 AM
We'll remain quite chilly in the near term. Save for lingering rain showers through mid-morning, today will be much drier. Also, expect gradual clearing this afternoon, but it will still be brisk and cool with northerly winds keeping highs in the 40s. As high pressure starts to build into the... more »
February 6, 2014 5:46 AM
A very tricky weather situation lies ahead today, particularly early. An upper level disturbance will quickly pass over the region today. This system is expected to conjure up enough moisture to produce some scattered pockets of precipitation today. Meanwhile, cloud cover and north-northeast winds are reinforcing cold air on an... more »
January 30, 2014 10:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE- If you have planned a crawfish boil for the big game, your plans may be on ice unless you're ready to hand off some serious cash to buy the crimson crustacean.
Icy weather froze many crawfish ponds in Louisiana, leaving a layer of ice that didn't melt until... more »
January 28, 2014 7:18 PM
While the storm has passed, very cold temperatures mean the icy hazards will be slow to diminish.
Wednesday will be just bitterly cold with morning wind chill values into the single digits as winds gust. After starting the day off with near record low readings in the upper teens... more »
January 28, 2014 5:27 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A rare sight was visible on South Louisiana roads Tuesday. State workers used snow plows to clear thick ice off of roads in West Feliciana Parish.
For law enforcement, there were headaches trying to ensure the roads were safe. Lukily, most listened to the warnings to stay... more »
January 26, 2014 8:16 PM
A WINTER STORM WATCH is has been issued by the National Weather Service from 6am Tuesday to 6am Wednesday for Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, Assumption and St. Mary Parishes along with Wilkinson, Amite and Pike Counties.... more »
January 23, 2014 1:30 PM
The National Weather Service has extended winter weather advisories until 6pm Friday Evening. Locations under the advisory include East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Iberville Parishes as well as Wilkinson County. Additionally, Ascension, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangiphoa Parishes have been included along... more »
January 23, 2014 6:44 AM
Today we'll see mostly cloudy skies as another cold front approaches from the north. The cloudiness will relegate temperatures to the lower 50s at best. Forecast models drop this front through the area with only a light shower shown in locations west of the viewing area. Like many of the... more »
January 22, 2014 5:39 AM
After a below freezing morning expect thermometers to rebound into the 50s today. While that leaves us about 10° below average, it is a 30° improvement on the morning readings, and come Friday, you may be wishing it was 50°! High pressure will be overhead meaning winds will be light... more »
January 21, 2014 6:07 AM
A cold front will exit our region to the southeast today. The sensible weather behind this front calls for a clearing sky, a northwest breeze and resulting cooler air than what we felt yesterday afternoon. Look for highs to occur during the morning hours, in the middle 50s, and then... more »
January 20, 2014 1:45 PM
HARTFORD, Conn.- Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There's an insurance policy for that. With the cost of the average American wedding reaching about $26,000, insurers have been selling a growing number of policies to protect against losses from extreme weather, illness and even a change of heart. Cheryl... more »
January 8, 2014 6:51 AM
The area of high pressure that was sitting over us yesterday will be moving east of Louisiana today. This will take away the bitter cold Arctic Air, and we will start to slowly warm up. We will have mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies this afternoon with high temperatures around... more »
January 7, 2014 5:52 PM
ZACHARY - Record breaking temperatures are taking their toll on Zachary's gas pipelines.
Residents are experiencing low gas pressure throughout the city. Mayor David Amrhein said it's from a combination of the cold and meeting the demand of a growing city. Some Zachary residents went without heat, hot water,... more »
January 7, 2014 2:32 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Zookeepers in New Orleans and Monroe are telling visitors that some animals can't be seen because they're warming up indoors, out of the wind and Arctic air. In Jackson, Miss., the zoo was closed, animals kept inside - except for springbok. Education specialist Lucy Barton says the speedy,... more »
January 6, 2014 10:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- A hard freeze warning is in effect until Tuesday morning at 9 as some of the coldest weather since 2010 roll into the area.
The forecast low for Monday night and into Tuesday morning is 20 degrees. Tuesday, high temperatures are expected to hover around the upper... more »
January 6, 2014 9:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - With Monday's winter blast, there are a few extra people seeking shelter at St. Vincent de Paul.
Volunteers say once the temperatures drop below 40, they see an influx of people. Monday, the shelter is housing about 70 people, that's 40 above normal.
"We've got... more »
January 6, 2014 2:25 PM
MONROE- A Ouachita Parish School System spokeswoman says attendance appears normal in spite of an online hoax saying cold would close schools on Monday. Aline Smead says Superintendent Bob Webber and attorneys are discussing whether to ask police to investigate the fake notice posted Sunday on social media sites. She... more »
January 5, 2014 7:12 PM
CENTRAL- Central Public School Superintendent Michael Faulk announced Sunday night, school will be cancelled on Tuesday 1/7/14 for students due to the frigid temperatures expected in the area Tuesday morning.
This school cancellation does not apply to teachers or other school personnel at this point.
"Teachers and other... more »
January 5, 2014 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- A blast of arctic air headed this way is set to bring low temperatures to this area we haven't seen in decades. The low tonight could dip down to 27 degrees, and on Monday night it's forecast to drop to 18 degrees.
Across the nation, frigid, subzero... more »
January 3, 2014 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Eyewitnesses said homeless people have been staying in a house that burst into flames, sending glowing fire and smoke into the cold night air Friday.
For nearly an hour, crews battled the blaze and had to close some downtown streets, including St. Philip.
Flames shot... more »
January 3, 2014 6:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - The winter chill comes with an increase in chimney fires in the Baton Rouge area.
Chris Clouatre, owner of C.C. Chimney Sweep, said he's seen more chimney fires in the last few days than he has in years. He says fireplaces often get neglected, especially when... more »
December 24, 2013 5:56 AM
A cold start, Christmas Eve started off in the upper 20s. The remainder of the day will feature clear skies as a high pressure system sits off to our north, centered in Missouri. This high and its clockwise surface flow are resulting in a northerly wind pulling down cold air... more »
December 6, 2013 6:50 AM
Be sure to bundle up as you head to work and school today! The cold front will move toward the Louisiana Coastline today and a disturbance will move over us from the west. In the wake of the front we will continue to see the temperatures fall and more scattered... more »
November 29, 2013 5:57 AM
Like Thanksgiving, Black Friday is off to a cold start. The day started below freezing and many of us early-risers found it necessary to scrape away some frost on the windshields before setting out for the day. High pressure centered over Virginia will keep our skies mainly clear and our... more »
November 28, 2013 5:55 AM
As you take the time to enjoy a nice meal with friends and family, perhaps you're also thankful that you are fortunate enough to do so indoors! It's cold today. With a morning temperature checked in around 25° we experienced the coldest morning since March 27, 2013, nearly piercing the... more »
November 27, 2013 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- A freeze warning is in effect since temperatures Monday night will dip as low as 19 degrees.
Plumbers suggest when it gets that cold, exposed pipes should be wrapped. And, while it's not too late, it's unlikely many people will get up and go outside overnight to... more »
November 25, 2013 9:57 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Deputies in Iberville Parish booked a man on rape charges, twenty years after the attack Monday night.
Bernie Metrejean was booked in to jail after he was arrested in St. Martin Parish on drug charges. His DNA matched the rape case.
Investigators believe Metrejean picked up a... more »
November 13, 2013 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- A family in Old South Baton Rouge will sleep a little warmer tonight following a News 2 story about their situation.
Daphne Brooks and her three children had to move after their home burned down, and she didn't have the money to heat their new home properly.... more »
November 13, 2013 6:36 AM
An area of high pressure will move over the Deep South Today. It will continue to draw down some very cold air from Canada and that will keep it chilly all day. We will have sunny skies, but they will not be able to warm us up. High temperatures will... more »
November 12, 2013 10:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - The freezing temperatures mean outlasting the night for one mother of three.
"My baby has a cold already," Daphne Brooks said.
Brooks is not able to pay for gas heating in her home.
She along with her fiance', her three-month-old son Rico, four-year-old daughter... more »
November 12, 2013 1:01 PM
...Freeze Warning From 3 AM to 9 AM Wednesday...
A strong trough of low pressure will send a strong cold front into and through Baton Rouge this afternoon. It will not have any moisture to work with, so all we will see from it will be mostly cloudy skies.... more »
November 12, 2013 6:50 AM
A strong trough of low pressure will send a strong cold front into and through Baton Rouge this morning. It will not have any moisture to work with, so all we will see from it will be partly cloudy skies. Once it moves through the winds will really start to... more »
November 8, 2013 8:02 AM
An area of high pressure will sit north of Louisiana today and that will help to keep us cool. At the same time, the jet stream, or river of winds where commercial airplanes fly, will send some high clouds over Baton Rouge from the west today. These clouds will limit... more »
July 31, 2013 3:31 PM
HAMMOND - New information has breathed life into two cold criminal cases in Tangipahoa Parish. Sheriff's spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto says detectives have recently received several leads about the shooting of 30-year-old Timothy Brown, who was gunned down in the parking lot of Pea's lounge shortly before 2 a.m. on Dec.... more »
March 27, 2013 7:08 AM
Brrr!! It is a very cold start and frosty to the day with clear skies and temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s! Hopefully you brought in all of your plants, or covered them up. Bundle up as you head to work and school this morning!
We will... more »
March 26, 2013 7:12 AM
It is a very cold morning across the Capital City with clear skies and temperatures in the 30s. A light freeze is expected! I hope that you brought in your plants last night. Take that jacket with you this morning.
An area of high pressure remains over the Southeast... more »
March 12, 2013 6:37 AM
It is a mostly clear and chilly start to this Tuesday Morning with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Take that jacket with you!
We will have a gorgeous day as high pressure builds into the Southeast U.S. Expect a few highs clouds to stream over us for the... more »
March 7, 2013 7:07 AM
It is a pretty chilly start to this Thursday with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the lower 30s with a little frost! Brrr!! Bundle up as you head to work or school!
An area of high pressure remains over the Southeast U.S. and that will allow us to... more »
February 28, 2013 7:26 AM
The cold front has moved into the Gulf of Mexico and we have mostly clear skies over Baton Rouge this morning. It is chilly with temperatures in the 40s.
It is going to be another beautiful afternoon with plenty of sunshine. A few high clouds will stream by today... more »
February 15, 2013 6:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- Residents at Brandywine Apartments may be in for a cold weekend after power was cut off to several units.
It's because they didn't pay rent, but resident argue they shouldn't have to because management hasn't paid more than $100,000 in utilities payments.
Now the water company... more »
February 13, 2013 7:12 AM
The cold front has moved to the east of Baton Rouge, but we will still have some lingering showers and clouds over us this morning. Temperatures are starting out in the 50s.
We will not warm up much today thanks to the clouds and showers streaming up from the... more »
January 30, 2013 9:16 AM
The cold front has pushed through town this morning, and the severe weather threat has ended. Some lingering showers will continue until midday for parts of Southeast Louisiana. The sky will start to clear and it will become partly cloudy this afternoon. Temperatures have fallen into the 50s and they... more »
January 23, 2013 6:21 AM
MADISON, Wis. - The Upper Midwest remains locked in the deep freeze, with bitter temperatures stretching into a fourth day across several states.
The cold snap arrived Saturday night as waves of Arctic air swept south from Canada, pushing temperatures to dangerous lows and leaving a section of the... more »
January 16, 2013 7:03 AM
This Wednesday Morning is starting off with mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers across Southeast Louisiana. It is chilly with temperatures in the mid 30s. Better bundle up and take that umbrella with you again!
More of the same wet and dreary weather is on tap today. The stationary... more »
January 2, 2013 7:34 PM
Temperatures hovered in the teens and two toddlers were found wandering outside a home, alone in St. Louis, Missouri. Their caretakers were asleep inside. Authorities say a newspaper delivery man was on his route at about 5 am when he found the kids. They're one and 3. One girl had... more »
December 21, 2012 11:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 47-year-old woman arrested by New York authorities on Dec. 3 in the 1984 slaying of businessman has been extradited to Louisiana. Leila Mulla, of Astoria, N.Y., was transported to Baton Rouge Thursday after being arrested by New York police. Mulla was booked with criminal conspiracy, simple... more »
December 13, 2012 7:42 AM
It is a very cold and frost morning across the Baton Rogue area. We have clear skies, calm winds and temperatures in the lower 30s. This will allow us to have a light freeze along and north of the I-10/12 Corridor. The NWS has issued a Freeze Warning in effect... more »
December 12, 2012 5:58 AM
Better bundle up this morning as you head out the door! We have partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. BRRR!!
The clouds will break up today and it will become mostly sunny. This is due to the upper-level moisture moving to the east of... more »
December 11, 2012 11:26 AM
Some mid to high level clouds will stream over Baton Rouge area today from the southwest to the northeast as upper-level moisture moves over the colder air sitting over us. This will give us partly to mostly cloudy skies and some filtered sunshine. The clouds will keep the high temperatures... more »
December 3, 2012 3:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge announced two arrests in connection with a 1984 murder, after they said a cold case review and DNA analysis led them to the suspects.
Police arrested Ronald Dunnagan, 64, of Bossier City and Leila Mulla, 57, of Astoria, N.Y. in connection with... more »
November 29, 2012 7:26 AM
BRRRR! It sure is a cold start to the day with clear skies and temperatures in the mid 30s. Some of you may have even gotten closer to freezing, so patchy frost is possible.
We will have a gorgeous afternoon with plenty of sunny skies thanks to an area... more »
November 28, 2012 7:18 AM
We begin this Wednesday morning with low clouds that are sticking around this morning along with some drizzle and mist. Temperatures are pretty chilly as they start out in the lower 40s.
The low clouds will gradually move to the east of Baton Rouge this afternoon and it will... more »
November 15, 2012 7:16 AM
It is another clear and cold start on this Thursday with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. Some patchy frost will be possible. Be sure to dress warmly as you head out the door!
The quiet and cool weather continues today across Southeast Louisiana. There is an area... more »
November 14, 2012 7:40 AM
More chilly weather is greeting us across the Capital City on this Wednesday Morning. It is mostly clear with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s. You will want to take that jacket with you again!
The disturbance that brought us the high clouds yesterday is moving east... more »
November 13, 2012 7:06 AM
It is a cold start to this Tuesday with clear skies and temperatures in the mid 30s. You will want to take that warm coat with you as you head out the door!
A disturbance, or short wave, will move out of Texas and over Louisiana today. This will... more »
November 12, 2012 1:06 PM
The cold front will be to the east of Baton Rouge this afternoon and it will become sunny. Temperatures will not rise too much as they only climb back into the mid 60s once the sun returns.
We will be mostly clear and cool this evening with temperatures falling... more »
November 12, 2012 8:13 AM
A cold front is moving through Southeast Louisiana this morning. We have a few showers over the area, but the rain should come to an end by late morning. Then we will be left with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures are in the 50s.
The cold front will be to... more »
November 8, 2012 7:41 AM
You better bundle up as you head out the door this morning around Baton Rouge! We have clear skies with our temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s.
The area of high pressure remains over the Deep South this afternoon and that will make for another beautiful day.... more »
October 30, 2012 7:00 AM
You better bundle up once again as you head out the door this morning across the Capital City!! We have clear skies with temperatures in the upper 30s.
The area of high pressure remains off to the northwest of Baton Rouge today, so we will stay sunny with some... more »
October 29, 2012 1:27 PM
We will have a gorgeous and sunny afternoon across the Baton Rouge area thanks to an area of high pressure sitting northwest of Louisiana. This will keep northwest over us and that means we will still cool. High temperatures will be in the mid 60s.
Expect clear skies this... more »
October 29, 2012 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - With the cold weather quickly approaching, WBRZ has kicked off our annual "Pat's Coats for Kids" coat drive.
Now through Saturday, Nov. 24 2012, "Pat's Coats for Kids" will collect any children's or adult's size coats or monetary donations for needy children in our area.
... more »
October 29, 2012 6:36 AM
You better bundle up as you head out to work or school this morning! We have clear skies with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s.
It is going to be another cool to mild day across the Capital City. An area of high pressure remains over the... more »
July 18, 2012 4:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Researchers say snowmelt that chilled coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico may have contributed to baby dolphin deaths in the winter of 2011. A new research paper says 86 baby dolphins are known to have been aborted or died shortly after birth during the period. Researcher... more »
April 26, 2012 12:35 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH - New details are emerging surrounding one of the area's most infamous abductions. To date, it remains unsolved and stumped even the most seasoned investigators. Mari Ann Fowler was last seen on December 24, 2002 in Port Allen after leaving a fast food restaurant. Search teams... more »
April 24, 2012 6:46 AM
It is a very chilly start to the day around the Baton Rouge area! We have broken the record low in Baton Rouge with a temperature of 44. The old record was set back in 2005. Be sure to take that coat with you to work or school!!
We... more »
April 23, 2012 12:36 PM
We will have a beautiful afternoon with sunny skies. It will be a little cooler than it should be this time of year with high temperatures only in the lower 70s.
It will remain clear this evening, and it will become cooler as the temperatures fall into the 60s... more »
February 24, 2012 7:35 AM
The cold front is now moving through Baton Rouge this morning. Isolated showers are popping up along it, and we could have a few thunderstorms too. Temperatures ahead of the front are in the 70s but they quickly fall into the 60s behind it with mostly cloudy skies.
The... more »
January 12, 2012 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- For most people, the cold means it's time to turn the thermostat up, but that tends to put a chill down their spine when the utility bill arrives.
According to Robert Theriot, owner of Theriot's Heating and air, simply maintaining your heater can save you money and... more »
November 11, 2011 6:29 AM
We have near record lows this morning in the lower 30s, and a light freeze is likely along and north of I-10 & 12. The record is 32 set back in 1991. Frost is covering a lot of those areas and that is where the National Weather Service has issued... more »
February 4, 2011 3:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana farmers say this week's cold is good for peaches in north Louisiana - and, farther south, strawberries covered against the cold should be fine. Joe Mitcham of Ruston says his peaches need 850 to 1,000 hours of temperatures below 45 degrees to produce a good crop.... more »
February 3, 2011 10:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - While DOTD and street crews have been working through the weather, News 2 found many people around town with other plans to get through this cold and ice. At one gas station in Baton Rouge, customers were in and out all day, but fuel hasn't been the... more »
February 3, 2011 5:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- As the temperatures drop, hundreds of shoppers are filling area grocery stores in search of the cold weather essentials. The most popular items at Bet-R grocery store ranged from milk and bread to stew meats.
"They're buying a lot of soup shank, a lot of stew meat,... more »
February 3, 2011 12:10 PM
Friday, Feb. 4 Closures:
Note: Catholic Diocese schools close when their respective civil parish schools are also closed.
SCHOOLS ACS Montessori Preschool Advance BR Charter Schools Amite County Public Schools Amite Christian School Ascension Public Schools Ascension Prepatory School Assumption Parish Schools Baker Schools Baton Rouge International School... more »
January 28, 2011 6:20 PM
RACELAND - The dry, cold weather means crawfish are a more expensive, but only a third of the size they should be. That's because the lack of rain keeps them from shedding their shell to grow. The cold weather nearly paralyzes them, keeping them from seeking food inside traps
... more »
January 27, 2011 11:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School System has promised to change the way pre-kindergarten registration is done, after hundreds of parents braved the cold Thursday morning to ensure their child has a school to go to next fall.
After waiting for hours in sub-freezing temperatures, many parents... more »
January 12, 2011 11:17 AM
BATON ROUGE – Vernon Kennedy has been sentenced to life in prison 25 years after he killed a woman in her Baton Rouge home. The sentence was handed down today in district court. Kennedy was convicted Dec. 3 for raping and beating 19-year-old Tina Marie Kristynik to death in 1985.... more »
January 11, 2011 7:18 PM
An elderly couple from Pennsylvania died from apparent exposure to the cold in a farm field in Frederick County, Maryland. Eighty-five year old William Frecsch and his 79-yearold wife, Betty, were last seen Friday leaving their daughter's home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Authorities say the couple drove off a road and... more »
December 28, 2010 3:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The deadliest city blaze in decades killed eight homeless squatters who were burning debris in an abandoned warehouse to stay warm Tuesday, authorities said. Firefighters said they could not tell the ages or genders of those who died because their bodies were so badly burned. A 23-year-old... more »
December 27, 2010 9:49 PM
RED CROSS - The freezing temperatures get people looking for extra ways to stay warm. But the Red Cross says some of those ways can be dangerous to your home, and possibly deadly to your family.
Seven fires in three days in the Capital City area have contributed to... more »