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  • Midday showers and storms, a few could be strong

    April 27, 2016 7:10 AM

    The Storm Prediction Center has included much of the WBRZ Weather forecast area in a “slight risk” for severe storms on Wednesday. Gusty wind and hail are the main threats. Carry on with the day as usual; just keep your severe weather safety plan in mind and stay in touch... more »
  • Severe storms likely along Central Gulf Coast Tuesday

    February 23, 2016 7:08 AM

    A strong storm system advancing into Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi will generate showers and thunderstorms through Tuesday Afternoon. Today and Tonight: Unseasonably warm and muggy air will be in place with high temperatures reaching for the low 70s by early afternoon. Skies will be mostly cloudy. Breaks... more »
  • Busy weather next three days

    February 22, 2016 6:59 AM

    From scattered showers, to severe storms, to falling temperatures the Baton Rouge area will experience an array of changing weather through Tuesday. Today and Tonight: The new week begins cloudy and rainy. Expect an overcast day with periods of rain across the region. Highs will be near 70... more »
  • S.E. Louisiana and S.W. Mississippi face enhanced severe weather threat Thursday

    January 21, 2016 7:40 AM

    A large and vigorous storm system will bring rain and potentially severe thunderstorms to the Baton Rouge area on Thursday Afternoon and Evening before strengthening into a powerful Nor’Easter in the Mid-Atlantic on Friday and Saturday. Today and Tonight: Thursday will be mostly cloudy and mild with high... more »
  • Wednesday storms could produce damaging wind, a tornado

    December 23, 2015 9:22 AM

    The region is at risk for severe thunderstorms fed by an unseasonably warm, humid air mass. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Any thunderstorms that develop on Wednesday could produce strong wind gusts or even a brief tornado. Be sure that family and friends traveling... more »
  • Unsettled week ahead

    December 21, 2015 6:50 AM

    Warm and wet will be the best words to sum up the next 7 days. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Rain and thunderstorms will become increasingly more likely throughout the day. The most likely time period for rain on Monday will be 10am – dusk. Rain... more »
  • Unseasonable warmth through Saturday, gusty storms possible Sunday

    December 11, 2015 7:25 AM

    A pair of warm days will be followed by a strong cold front crossing the region on Sunday. With that, there is a chance of severe weather. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Wrapping up the week, the Baton Rouge area will have a partly sunny sky... more »
  • Livingston, Ascension parishes ready for possible flooding

    November 17, 2015 4:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Emergency officials in Livingston and Ascension parishes said they're getting assets ready in case of flash flooding or other sever weather tonight or tomorrow. Livingston Parish said sandbags are available in the following locations for their residents: Fire Dist 9 (23634 HWY 22) Fire Dist 8... more »
  • Tornado Watch issued for part of the area

    November 17, 2015 1:49 PM

    The National Weather Service has issued a *TORNADO WATCH* for parts of the WBRZ Weather forecast area until 8pm. As thunderstorms develop, the main threats will include a few tornadoes and damaging wind gusts up to 70mph. Rain and thunderstorms will increase through the afternoon. Isolated... more »
  • Heavy rain, severe storms possible in Louisiana, Mississippi

    November 17, 2015 7:07 AM

    A strong fall storm system will bring heavy rain and severe thunderstorms to the Gulf South Tuesday into Wednesday before a sharp cool down. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: There are a few days each year where we ask that you pay extra attention to the... more »
  • Monitoring a severe storms threat

    November 16, 2015 7:27 AM

    Humidity and showers will return Monday with heavy rain and strong storms possible by mid-week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Look for a mostly cloudy day with showers and possibly a thunderstorm after the lunch hours. Onshore flow, southeast winds around 10mph, will return humidity to... more »
  • The second severe weather season awakens

    November 9, 2015 1:45 PM

    The spring surge of tropical moisture clashing with winter leftovers in the Midwest and Gulf South, makes March to May prime tornado season. Not to be underestimated though, is the arrival of cold air displacing lingering summer humidity southward. Indeed, October – December offers a fair... more »
  • Less than 200 residents without power due to severe weather

    October 31, 2015 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy is working to restore power for those in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes due to the severe weather passing over southeastern Louisiana. Entergy said they have crews out assisting in restoring power. According to Entergy, more than 800 residents in the entire state... more »
  • Storm shakes nerves Tuesday Play Video

    June 23, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The weather will subside slightly Wednesday after a quick and severe weather event Tuesday. A strong storm knocked out power to thousands, blew over trees and created dicey lightning that hit trees and buildings. The St. George Fire Department said it responded to a dozen weather-related... more »
  • Tornado Watch until 5am Tuesday

    May 26, 2015 12:08 AM

    The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for the entire WBRZ viewing area until 5am Tuesday. This includes the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana in Louisiana and the Counties... more »
  • More unsettled this week

    May 11, 2015 6:58 AM

    Humid weather will continue this week with the added wrinkle of many more showers and storms. Unlike last week, in which the region only saw isolated rain coverage, many more areas will pick up rain on a daily basis. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Your Monday will be... more »
  • EACHUS: Recent storm possibly in rare company

    April 28, 2015 3:54 PM

    A case could be made that the Monday Morning storm complex which tore across the Gulf Coast was what's known as a derecho. Somewhat uncommon, a derecho (pronounced deh-REY-cho) is a long-lived, widespread wind storm associated with a fast-moving line of thunderstorms. Although damage produced by a derecho can... more »
  • UPDATE: 5 tornadoes strike Southeastern Louisiana

    April 28, 2015 1:39 PM

    A *TORNADO HAS BEEN CONFIRMED* to have occurred Monday in parts of Assumption Parish. National Weather Service storm survey teams have found damage caused by a tornado in both Pierre Part and Napoleonville. Additionally, tornado damage was found in Bayou Gauche, Chackbay, Kenner and Thibodaux. The strongest tornado... more »
  • Universities cancel classes due to severe weather

    April 27, 2015 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Universities canceled classes in Baton Rouge after severe weather moved through the area Monday morning. LSU issued their cancellation just before 10 a.m., after the city-parish was under a tornado warning and hit with heavy wind and rain. Southern University followed suit and announced they were... more »
  • Tornado warning for East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish

    April 27, 2015 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Weather Service says a line of severe thunderstorms is moved across south Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Tornado Warning for: Southeastern West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Southwestern East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Lousiaiana. Northwestern Livingston Parish... more »
  • Scattered storms, some strong Play Video

    April 23, 2015 6:59 AM

    Over the next three days we'll be dodging thunderstorms, any of which could be strong. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Thursday's weather will gradually become more unsettled into the middle portion of the day. Some early sun is expected to fuel a few storms. While rain coverage won't... more »
  • Nastier before nicer

    April 17, 2015 6:00 AM

    Tumultuous weather continues as strong thunderstorms may accompany heavy rain over the next two days. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Friday won't be as gloomy as Thursday. After a few light showers during the morning hours, some sunshine will be offered up into the afternoon hours. This will... more »
  • Severe weather drops hail, power lines in SE Louisiana

    April 15, 2015 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Severe weather prompted tornado warnings Wednesday afternoon for several parishes in southeast Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a tornado warning for St. John and St. James the Baptist Parishes just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after severe storms flared up. That warning was... more »
  • The underrated killer

    March 6, 2015 9:48 AM

    Louisiana is bested by only Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi for the most days each year rumbled by a thunderstorm. On average, there is a thunderstorm somewhere in the Baton Rouge area about 60 days per year. Where there is thunder, there is lightning and where there is lightning, there... more »
  • Tornado season

    March 5, 2015 10:50 AM

    A tornado is a rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm cloud to the ground. The National Weather Service will issue a TORNADO WARNING when a one is observed by spotters or indicated by radar. Those within the warned area should take immediate safety action. Strength... more »
  • Most likely severe weather hazard

    March 3, 2015 10:50 AM

    The National Weather Service issues a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING when a storm is capable of producing winds of 58mph or greater or hail over one-inch in diameter. These storms can also produce a tornado with little or no advance warning. Straight-line winds produced by severe thunderstorms can produce as... more »
  • Severe Weather Awarness Week underway

    March 2, 2015 10:53 AM

    Meteorologically speaking, it is now severe weather season for Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. While tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, and flash floods can occur at any time of the year, now through May is the time in which these hazards most often occur. As such, the week of... more »
  • Watched out

    February 26, 2015 10:13 AM

    Tornado and severe thunderstorm watches-alert products from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) that notify us of the potential for severe weather. Of late, they are "severely" lacking. This is not for dearth of diligence from the SPC, rather a shortage of the weather that necessitates such products.... more »
  • State offices set to close Tuesday due to winter weather

    February 23, 2015 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say some state government offices in 42 parishes will be closed on Tuesday due to forecasted severe winter weather. Commissioner Kristy Nichols announced the closures Monday afternoon due to the forecasted hazardous driving conditions and scattered power outages forecasted from the severe weather. ... more »
  • Tornado Watch until 6pm

    December 23, 2014 9:38 AM

    The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for the entire WBRZ viewing area until 6pm Tuesday. This includes the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana in Louisiana and the Counties... more »
  • Seatbelts on in Santas sleigh

    December 23, 2014 5:50 AM

    A strong cold front pushing through the region will bring the threat for strong thunderstorms today. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Before Santa's sleigh arrives in South Louisiana, we'll need to buckle up for a bumpy ride. Some strong thunderstorms are expected around the region today. The National... more »
  • Becoming seasonable

    November 20, 2014 6:09 AM

    Dry and mild weather will prevail as forecast focus shifts to a weekend severe weather threat. Forecast Discussion: Slight ridging in the upper -levels will work with a surface high pressure system to our northeast to promote a warming trend into the weekend. Southeasterly winds will return average to... more »
  • Categories change, risks remain

    October 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    Effective Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is making some significant changes to their "severe weather outlooks". When severe weather is expected, you may hear local forecasters describing a slight, moderate or high risk of severe weather. Along with an ambiguous and dismissible "see text"... more »
  • Tornado watch canceled

    October 13, 2014 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A tornado watch for the area was canceled following an evening of powerful storms Monday. Earlier in the day, The National Weather Service issued a TORNADO WATCH for the entire WBRZ viewing area until 10 p.m. Monday. A cold front advanced over the region, bringing a squall... more »
  • Strong storms possible Monday

    October 13, 2014 8:10 AM

    The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the entire WBRZ viewing area under an enhanced risk for severe weather on Monday. The storm threat will be two-pronged. Thunderstorms are expected to develop as early as midday. From noon until 5pm, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms... more »
  • Overnight: Severe Thunderstorm Watch

    October 2, 2014 11:56 PM

    The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for a portion of the WBRZ viewing area until 5am Friday. This includes the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana in Louisiana and... more »
  • Dark clouds and gusty winds

    June 10, 2014 1:28 PM

    Dark, ominous clouds enveloped Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi on Tuesday Morning. A line of heavy thunderstorms that developed ahead of a cold front in Western Louisiana blew into the region just after dawn. WBRZ viewers snapped numerous photos of the stormy sky featuring bubbling cloud bases and dark... more »
  • Some storms, possibly strong

    June 10, 2014 5:51 AM

    Just about all should find a period of measurable rain today. As a line of showers and storms is expected, this setup will be much different than two weeks ago when scattered activity persisted for multiple days. Still, little sunshine is expected today. The cloudiness and rain cooled air should... more »
  • Threat for storms Tuesday

    June 9, 2014 9:54 AM

    The Storm Prediction Center has placed an area from the Gulf of Mexico to Kentucky under an increased risk for severe weather on Tuesday. The entire WBRZ viewing area is included in this risk area which highlights portions of Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. A cold front is expected... more »
  • IN VIDEO: a wild week of weather

    May 5, 2014 12:24 PM

    April 27 - May 3 was arguably the wildest week of weather 2014 has seen thus far. From tornadoes to historic flooding, from the Midwest to the Northeast, few regions were spared from a multitude of hazards. But social media and modern technology meant cameras recorded while Mother Nature pushed... more »
  • The muzzled gun

    April 29, 2014 9:51 AM

    Destructive and deadly tornadoes ripped through parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee on Monday while Southeastern Louisiana experienced virtually no active weather. The quiet outcome occurred despite the fact that areas of the Bayou State actually had an atmosphere just as, if not more primed for strong thunderstorms than hard... more »
  • Second straight storm threat

    April 29, 2014 8:24 AM

    We'll need to pay close attention to the forecast once again before a cold front clears the region and the threat for severe storms subsides. The setup: The storm system that has been making headlines for the last several days with large, long-lived and deadly tornadoes will finally clear... more »
  • Red Cross responding following severe weather Play Video

    April 28, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The American Red Cross is helping out those in Arkansas and several other states affected by Sunday's deadly tornadoes. A volunteer team from south Louisiana will depart on Tuesday for Arkansas to manage Red Cross health services. More than 200 people spent the night in shelters... more »
  • Killer tornado count nil

    April 24, 2014 10:06 AM

    The quiet 2014 tornado season thus far can be punctuated by one stat. No lives have been lost due to a tornado to date. According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center's storm database , Americans are deeper into this year than any other since 1950 without mourning... more »
  • STUDY: Shifting landscapes trigger tornado touchdowns

    April 17, 2014 9:54 AM

    Researchers from Purdue University say it is time to examine land areas that transition from rough to smooth, wet to dry and sloped to flat. They believe regions of changing landscape could be the focal point for tornado touchdowns. After examining National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center tornado data... more »
  • Where do I go to avoid a tornado

    April 14, 2014 10:02 AM

    We're well into April now, statistically the most active month for tornadoes in the United States. Due to the ever evolving patterns in weather and climate, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center updates annual averages by utilizing data over the previous three years. April blows all other months off... more »
  • Damaging wind gusts, hail, heavy rain possible today

    April 14, 2014 8:38 AM

    Warm, sticky southerly winds of about 15mph are expected to persist into the afternoon. Thermometers will make the jaunt from a start in the 70s to the lower 80s. Mostly cloudy skies can be expected early with a few peeks of sunshine aiding the quick warm-up. Normally welcome, any glimpse... more »
  • D.I.Y. Tornado Tracker

    March 31, 2014 11:23 AM

    On Thursday, wbrz.com/weather reported on the Month of March pacing out to be an historically slow month for tornadoes. Still true, the final tally for the month will place March 2014 in the top 10 in terms of least number of tornadoes. As of March 26, there had only been... more »
  • Severe Storms Potential

    March 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    A second round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to roll across Louisiana on Friday Night. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center continues to highlight the area for an increased risk of severe weather. The primary threats from the strongest storms will be large hail, damaging winds and heavy... more »
  • Muggy and stormy

    March 28, 2014 6:16 AM

    Today & Tonight: Round one of showers and storms, that occurred overnight, will settle down through the morning. While skies will remain mostly cloudy, a few peeks of sun, a muggy beginning to the day and a moisture-laden air mass will allow thermometers to jump into the upper 70s and... more »
  • Twisters left out in the cold

    March 27, 2014 9:45 AM

    A chilly, snowy winter in the east hasn't been all bad news. On the weather front, a pattern of biting cold and flying flakes has kept the opposite end of the spectrum quiet. Fortunately, severe weather reports have been down this month, and the tornado tally reflects that. With... more »
  • Tornado watch canceled for most

    October 31, 2013 12:49 PM

    The Tornado Watch has been canceled for the entire viewing area EXCEPT Tangipahoa Parish where it remains until 7:00 PM. Severe Weather Set-Up : A strong trough of low pressure will send a cold front toward Baton Rouge today from the west. We will be breezy, very warm and... more »
  • Expect scattered showers and storms on this Halloween

    October 31, 2013 7:17 AM

    A strong trough of low pressure will send a cold front into Louisiana and through Baton Rouge today. It will be very warm and humid ahead of the front and that will make the atmosphere unstable. This will also allow for scattered showers and storms to develop during the afternoon... more »
  • Building destroyed, RVs flipped during strong storms

    May 22, 2013 3:02 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Police in Morgan City said strong storms and a possible tornado damaged businesses and RVs this afternoon. Police said they received several reports of strong winds and hail starting around noon, along with tornado reports. They responded to several complaints of downed trees and power lines,... more »
  • Kids rescued from rubble at Okla. elementary

    May 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb. An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado... more »
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 AM

    May 10, 2013 4:03 AM

    SPC has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 AM for all of the WBRZ Viewing area! Storms have developed over Texas and raced into Louisiana overnight. These storms have a history of being severe in Texas and Western Louisiana with large hail and damaging winds. That trend will... more »
  • Tornado Watch until 3 PM for the WBRZ viewing area

    April 11, 2013 8:11 AM

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch until 3 PM for the WBRZ viewing area. Thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage through the morning and into the afternoon hours ahead of a strong cold front. These storms may rotate and could produce a few tornadoes. The storms... more »
  • Heavy rain with possible strong to severe thunderstorms today

    April 11, 2013 7:13 AM

    A slow-moving cold front is inching closer to Baton Rouge this morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forming ahead and along the front. Some of these storms could become strong to severe. Large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible. SPC has us in a Slight Risk for... more »
  • Earl K. Long no longer admitting severe patients into ER Play Video

    April 1, 2013 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital is turning people away in anticipation of its April 15 closure date. As of April 1, the hospital is no longer admitting patients with severe injuries who would have to be kept overnight. Those patients will be sent to other hospitals... more »
  • Tornado Watch until 8 PM for the WBRZ Viewing Area

    February 25, 2013 12:59 PM

    The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Tornado Watch for all of the WBRZ Viewing area until 8 PM tonight. Thunderstorms are developing once again as a warm front moves up from the Louisiana Coast into Baton Rouge. These storms could become strong to severe with large hail,... more »
  • More severe weather expected today and this evening

    February 25, 2013 8:24 AM

    After a very active night with part 1 of severe weather, we start this Monday with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Otherwise, it is mostly cloudy and mild with temperatures in the 60s. A warm front will move northward from the Louisiana Coast through Baton Rouge and into... more »
  • Rain with some strong to severe storms possible today

    February 21, 2013 7:14 AM

    It is a pretty quiet Thursday Morning across the Capital City. We have mostly cloudy skies and it is a little breezy with temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s. The weather will be going downhill by lunchtime today. A warm front will move up from the Gulf... more »
  • Severe weather threat has ended

    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 »
  • Very warm today with strong to severe storms possible tonight

    January 29, 2013 6:59 AM

    We start this Tuesday with some very unseasonably warm temperatures in the mid 60s under mostly cloudy skies. Get ready for a very warm, humid and breeze afternoon across the Baton Rouge area. This is all in response to a strong cold front that will move through tonight. Ahead... more »
  • Tornado at Iberville Parish plant caught on tape Play Video

    January 10, 2013 1:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A tornado damaged an industrial chemical plant in Iberville Parish as severe weather moved through southern Louisiana this morning. Surveillance cameras at the SNF Flopam plant caught footage of the twister as it moved through the area near the plant. The plant was staffed as the... more »
  • Heavy rain with some severe weather possible today

    January 10, 2013 7:24 AM

    ...Tornado Watch Until 2 PM Today... ...Flash Flood Watch Through This Afternoon... A line of heavy rain and thunderstorms is moving through Baton Rouge this morning. Some severe weather will be possible too. Temperatures are in the upper 60s. The line of heavy rain and thunderstorms will slowly... more »
  • CDC says data shows worsening flu season

    January 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say this flu season is shaping up to be one of the more severe in recent years. Earlier reports indicated that this could be a bad flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the data now confirm it. In the last week... more »

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