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  • Unsettled weekend weather, more cool temps to follow Play Video

    October 20, 2017 7:05 AM

    Humidity will return for a rather unsettled, wet weekend. Shower dodging will be rewarded by another punch of cool, dry, fall air for the middle of next week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Weather will start to transition on this final day of the workweek. High temperatures will... more »
  • NOAA: warmer, drier winter expected in the Baton Rouge area

    October 19, 2017 11:26 AM

    According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi can expect warmer and drier than average weather this winter. The outlook comes from the agency’s annual long-term winter forecast, which was issued on Thursday. Typical winter highs and lows for the Baton Rouge area are about 64... more »
  • Rain likely this weekend, another cool shot to follow Play Video

    October 19, 2017 6:45 AM

    Enjoy one more day of sunny, dry conditions. Humidity and rain chances will be creeping back up through Saturday. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Thursday will be mostly sunny and a touch warmer with highs ticking just above average in the low 80s. Winds will be light and... more »
  • Nice for now, watching the weekend forecast Play Video

    October 18, 2017 7:07 AM

    Temperatures will slowly climb above average through the end of the week. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Wednesday looks like another good one. Sunshine will fill afternoon skies as thermometers chug upward into the low 80s. Winds will be light... more »
  • Coolest temperatures so far this fall Play Video

    October 17, 2017 7:07 AM

    Thermometers will reach seasonable readings through the week, with just a slight return of humidity by Friday. The next chance for rain will hold off until Saturday. As of 6am, the thermometer at Metro Airport in Baton Rouge reached 49 degrees, the first reading in the 40s since May... more »
  • A taste of fall arrives

    October 16, 2017 7:14 AM

    A cold front will move southeastward into the Gulf of Mexico today, allowing the first true taste of fall this season. Cooler and drier air will be in place through the middle of the week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Some early clouds and showers will quickly clear... more »
  • Sweating in the stadium, refreshments served Sunday night Play Video

    October 13, 2017 6:29 AM

    The week will end dry and hot. A cold front will offer much cooler and drier air by early next week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Friday will be sunny with highs temperatures near 90 degrees. Humidity will still be in check. Overnight will be clear with low... more »
  • Hot days ahead of the next cold front, Ophelia sets a record Play Video

    October 12, 2017 7:06 AM

    Lower humidity will be felt over the next few days, but make no mistake; afternoons will still be hot. The next good chance for a cool down will come early next week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Thursday will be sunny and warm but not as humid as... more »
  • Cold front moving through today, another next week Play Video

    October 11, 2017 6:59 AM

    Monday and Tuesday morning paired up for back-to-back record warm low temperatures at 74 and 76 respectively. Although lows will dip into the 60s over the coming days, afternoons will be just as hot. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Wednesday will be partly sunny with slightly lower humidity.... more »
  • Cold front coming, cooler air is not Play Video

    October 10, 2017 6:58 AM

    A weak cold front will slide across the area Tuesday into Wednesday. Little change in temperatures is expected, although humidity may come down a bit. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Tuesday will bring another chance of showers and thunderstorms, as a cold front moves into the region. Measurable... more »
  • LSU flies over Nate following Saturday win

    October 8, 2017 7:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE – After their win against Florida Saturday night, the LSU football team had to deal with another foe: the flight home through Nate. Here's #LSU 's team plane. It is, presumably, flying over a hurricane. pic.twitter.com/ytNKP1t7eQ — Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 8, 2017 An... more »
  • WATCH LIVE: Next newscast is at 5:30, 10:00 Sunday evening

    October 7, 2017 9:53 PM

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENING NEWSCASTS COVERING THE LATEST ON NATE Saturday WBRZ News 2 at NINE WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Sunday WBRZ 2une-In at 7 a.m. WBRZ News 2 at 5:30 WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 News repeats... more »
  • Red Cross opens hurricane evacuation shelter

    October 7, 2017 10:34 AM

    HAMMOND - One shelter opened in Tangipahoa Parish Saturday for people looking for better shelter as Hurricane Nate takes aim at the Gulf Coast. Two additional shelters will also open in Washington Parish later in the day. CLICK HERE FOR THE FORECAST CENTER Tangipahoa Parish OPEN... more »
  • Saturday programming for football, Nate coverage

    October 6, 2017 6:37 PM

    WBRZ will broadcast extended newscasts this weekend to pass along important information dealing with the weather system Nate. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST FORECAST WBRZ newscasts SATURDAY EVENING: WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 WBRZ News 2 at NINE (seen on antenna channel 2.2; cable channels... more »
  • Riverside communities take precautions ahead of Nate Play Video

    October 6, 2017 6:24 PM

    SPRINGFIELD – Some people along popular boating areas have removed boats from the water or secured them ahead of a potential impact from Nate this weekend. People in the Riverscape neighborhood of Livingston Parish spent Friday planning for rising water. Already, water is higher than usual and they don't... more »
  • Some evacuate to Ascension to escape Nate Play Video

    October 6, 2017 6:17 PM

    GONZALES - As people here make plans for possible impact of rain bands from Nate, some are spending the weekend in Ascension Parish having left low-lying areas of Louisiana. "Back home, the water is rising," Robert Ferrygood said Friday as he spent the afternoon fishing. He and his wife... more »
  • National Guard positions resources in Baton Rouge, other areas ahead of Nate landfall

    October 6, 2017 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - High water vehicles are stationed in Baton Rouge and five other parishes as the state prepares for Nate. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST FORECAST The Louisiana National Guard has mobilized approximately 650 soldiers. The soldiers are ready to respond to potential flooding and wind damage... more »
  • Cruise ship passenger records rocky waves in Gulf Play Video

    October 6, 2017 1:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Cruise ship passengers are experiencing rough conditions in the Gulf of Mexico due to Nate. Video posted Friday morning by passengers on a ship sailing from New Orleans toward Mexico recorded high waves and a slightly rocking ship. The video appears to be recording conditions as... more »
  • Nate strengthening, main impacts to stay east of Baton Rouge Metro Play Video

    October 6, 2017 8:03 AM

    Summary: As of 10am Saturday, Hurricane Nate was located 265 miles south of Biloxi, Mississippi with a minimum central pressure of 984mb and maximum sustained winds of 90mph and was moving north, northwest at 26mph. Landfall is projected near the mouth of the river then east of the Louisiana state... more »
  • Here's how to watch WBRZ on any device, anywhere

    October 5, 2017 1:20 PM

    UPDATE: Watch our live newscast on Hurricane Nate during halftime of the Notre Dame vs North Carolina game on Facebook or antenna channel 2.2. As weather threatens Louisiana, WBRZ is available across multiple platforms to keep you informed and safe. Here's how and where to watch: Television ... more »
  • Grand Isle asks people to evacuate ahead of Nate

    October 5, 2017 1:00 PM

    GRAND ISLE – The popular camp and fishing community along Louisiana's Gulf Coast has called for a mandatory evacuation. The city said it issued a state of emergency Thursday and asked people to consider leaving ahead of tropical system Nate, which is forecast to enter the Gulf and likely... more »
  • Southern, SLU and other colleges announce weekend sports changes due to Nate

    October 5, 2017 11:40 AM

    HAMMOND - Southeastern is one of a few colleges in Louisiana making changes to its weekend sports plans ahead of tropical trouble expected here from Nate. Southeastern's Saturday football game has been moved to 10 a.m. from Saturday at 4 p.m. Homecoming events, including tailgating, scheduled for Saturday has... more »
  • Track shifts west, Louisiana could feel impact from Nate Play Video

    October 5, 2017 7:52 AM

    Overnight, there has been a considerable westward shift in the forecast track of Tropical Storm Nate and there is an increasing chance of direct impact to Louisiana. With quiet weather expected over the next two days, take an opportunity to sure up hurricane preparedness plans in the event action will... more »
  • Tropical Depression 16 forms in the Caribbean Sea Play Video

    October 4, 2017 7:17 AM

    After a drier end to the week, a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico and a cold front could play a role in the forecast this weekend and early next week. Some rain and cooler temperatures are both possible in the long term. The Tropics: Tropical Depression 16... more »
  • Trending calm short term, more active long term Play Video

    October 3, 2017 7:07 AM

    While heavier rain occurred in the New Orleans area, only 0.06 inches of rain was measured at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Monday—little help for the recent dry spell. Rain chances will scale back Tuesday and disappear Wednesday. Today and Tonight: For your Tuesday, showers and... more »
  • After dry September, rain on the way Monday Play Video

    October 2, 2017 7:12 AM

    The area will be a little wet early this week, which may be a good thing for some area lawns and gardens. Barely any rain fell in September, making it the driest on record at Metro Airport (since 1930) and the second driest ever recorded in Baton Rouge (since 1892).... more »
  • Slightly less humidity to wrap a record dry September Play Video

    September 29, 2017 6:50 AM

    The next two days will bring mostly clear skies and slightly less humidity due to weak northeast breezes. Rain chances may increase slightly on Sunday. Today and Tonight: Friday will be mostly sunny with slightly lower humidity. However, warm temperatures remain in the forecast with highs in the upper... more »
  • Busy hurricane season is not over yet Play Video

    September 28, 2017 12:45 PM

    With 5 major hurricanes in the books, a storm weary United States coastline hopes that October will bring the historically expected downturn in tropical activity. However, it is much too soon to breathe a sigh of relief. In 2017, storms have torn across the central and... more »
  • Some changes as a cold front chugs through Play Video

    September 28, 2017 7:11 AM

    Any cold front this time of year comes with much attention. Unfortunately, for this one, it may not be warranted. Other than a little drop in humidity, do not expect much change. If you suffer from allergies, keep in mind that ragweed and grass pollen will stay high. Today... more »
  • Front coming, major changes are not Play Video

    September 27, 2017 6:48 AM

    Two more warm, almost hot, days can be expected before a cold front changes the air mass by Friday. Rain chances will stay slim. Did you sense a cooler than average summer? How about a wetter than average summer? One may have led to the other! Read more about that,... more »
  • Equinox: a misnomer?

    September 26, 2017 12:16 PM

    The term "equinox" means equal night, which leads many to believe that the first day of fall or the first day of spring—the equinoxes—bring exactly 12 hours of day and night. However, this is only true in some locations. Earth takes approximately 365 days to orbit around the sun,... more »
  • Late summer conditions prior to a fall cold front Play Video

    September 26, 2017 6:44 AM

    After a couple of warm and humid days, a cold front is pegged to bring some slightly drier air by the end of the week. A significant cool down is not expected though. Even with a front crossing, rain chances will remain slim. This is opposite what occurred over the... more »
  • Baton Rouge: wet summer kept 95ers in check Play Video

    September 25, 2017 12:22 PM

    It has always been hot and humid along the Gulf Coast during the summer season. In 2017 though, heat may have been kept from getting excessive, by an uptick in rainy days and total precipitation. Not saying it was cool, but summer 2017 could have been hotter... more »
  • First full week of fall feels like summer Play Video

    September 25, 2017 6:58 AM

    The first full week of fall begins today, but it still does not feel like it. By this weekend though, look for a cold front to change that. Today and Tonight: Area thermometers will stretch for 90 degrees on today with humidity remaining in place. A few showers and... more »
  • Fall begins, steam continues Play Video

    September 22, 2017 6:39 AM

    High pressure is in firm control over the eastern part of the U.S. giving rise to just slim rain chances over the next few days. The official first day of the autumn season begins today at 3:02PM sharp when the sun will be directly over the equator and equal amounts... more »
  • Average Sept. weekend, Lee and Maria may join Jose in the tropics Play Video

    September 15, 2017 6:48 AM

    Through Wednesday, the Baton Rouge area has gone nine days without rain, continuing a deficit for the month of September. There is no cause for alarm on this, dry stretches are normal during the fall months and gauges are still running a surplus of approximately one foot for the year.... more »
  • Dry stretch continues as temperatures, humidity climb Play Video

    September 14, 2017 6:50 AM

    Hopefully, you got a chance to enjoy the fall feel. The next several days feature a forecast that is back to normal and seasonably sticky. With moisture return comes at least a chance for some rain. Through Wednesday, the Baton Rouge area has gone eight days without rain, continuing a... more »
  • Temperatures to climb as rain chances stay low Play Video

    September 13, 2017 6:44 AM

    A sure sign of returning humidity and an exiting fall feel is the low temperature trend. Since thermometers can never drop below the dew point temperature, and dew points are indicative of the level of humidity, we can tell that humidity will be on the rise through the weekend. Low... more »
  • Irma brings pleasant weather to local area Play Video

    September 12, 2017 7:06 AM

    The remnants of Irma continue to fall apart and rain out across the Southeast. For locations near the center of the storms, winds of 35mph will decrease through the day. Today and Tonight: Unbelievably, Irma is actually bringing pleasant weather to the local area. Northwesterly winds circulating around... more »
  • Fall feel has arrived, little change in Irma strength or track Play Video

    September 7, 2017 7:22 AM

    On Thursday morning, Baton Rouge area thermometers reached their lowest mark since May 25. Overnight, Hurricane Irma has held strength with little change in forecast track. The Tropics: Hurricane Irma has a minimum central pressure of 921mb, with maximum sustained winds of 180mph and is moving... more »
  • Significant east shift in Irma track, comfort arrives with cold front as scheduled Play Video

    September 6, 2017 7:18 AM

    An extended stretch of comfortable, quiet weather is ahead. Meanwhile, powerful Hurricane Irma continues to pose a threat to the Southeast U.S. The Tropics: Hurricane Irma has a minimum central pressure of 918mb, with maximum sustained winds of 185mph and is moving west, northwest at 16mph. Overnight, the... more »
  • Fall feel on the way, powerful Irma threatens U.S. Play Video

    September 5, 2017 6:50 AM

    A cold front is on track to cross the area over the next 24 to 36 hours. Not only will this front result in some cooler temperatures, but humid will be swiped away by dry and comfortable air. A tranquil, pleasant stretch of weather will then carry straight through the... more »
  • THIS WEEK: seasonable to cooler and drier Play Video

    September 4, 2017 7:10 AM

    Today begins a brief spell of typical, pop-up, afternoon showers and thunderstorms with warm temperatures and some humidity. Get ready though, our first big break of cool and dry air will arrive by mid-week. Today and Tonight: Your Monday will be partly sunny with just a flare up shower... more »
  • Harvey: grading the local forecast and thanking you

    September 1, 2017 8:15 AM

    After an unusual event like Hurricane Harvey, it is important to take a look at the forecast, how it evolved and if it verified. On Friday, the WBRZ Weather Team made a forecast for 4-7 inches of rain, primarily for the next week, with little impact to area rivers. The... more »
  • Lots of weather to watch over a pleasant weekend Play Video

    September 1, 2017 7:22 AM

    A rather pleasant stretch of weather is ahead with low rain chances through the weekend. Meanwhile, we are watching a disturbance in the Gulf, Hurricane Irma and the potential for a significant cold front late next week. The WBRZ Weather Team prepared a brief story to assess... more »
  • Irma upgraded to a category four hurricane Play Video

    August 31, 2017 12:22 PM

    UPDATE: Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a category 4 storm. Irma is expected to reach the Carribbean on Tuesday. So far, Puerto Rico and Florida have declared a State of Emergency NEW: #Irma now a Cat. 4, little change in forecast track | MORE: https://t.co/auzDBvzxFg... more »
  • Harvey out, Irma in, watching the Gulf (again) and a cold front Play Video

    August 31, 2017 7:07 AM

    Harvey is finally moving away from the Gulf Coast. While a few showers connected to Harvey may occur through Thursday, little to no noteworthy consequence is expected. Only the Amite River at Maurepas and the Tangipahoa River at Robert will make it into minor flood stage, all other gauged locations... more »
  • Some parents confused by Wednesday school closures Play Video

    August 30, 2017 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Reed Ugalde and Gannon Wood would be in school on any other Wednesday morning but today it was cancelled. "We're out of school and we don't really have anything to do, so we're just fishing," said Ugalde, a middle school student at Central Middle. Possible inclement weather... more »
  • Fields, roads flooding in southwest Louisiana Play Video

    August 30, 2017 11:53 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Heavy rains around the border of Louisiana and Texas are causing some flooding in western Calcasieu Parish. Fields and roads have flooded around the town of Vinton, Louisiana. However, few homes appear to be flooded. The Louisiana State Police has closed Interstate... more »
  • Harvey makes third landfall in Louisiana, tropical showers and wind expected today Play Video

    August 30, 2017 6:26 AM

    The third and final landfall of Harvey occurred around 4am near Cameron, Louisiana. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is posted from Grand Isle, La. to High Island, Tx, including Assumption and St. Mary Parish, as heavy rain and winds up to 45mph are possible. A STORM SURGE warning is posted from... more »
  • WBRZ newscasts available anytime on new cable channel 11

    August 29, 2017 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A low-tier, HD replay of WBRZ newscasts is now available to Cox subscribers. Tuesday evening, WBRZ will also be available on channel 11 or 1011 and feature the most recent newscast and weather report. Live breaking news will be covered on the channel, too. The... more »
  • Streets flood as storms prompt nuisance flooding alert

    August 29, 2017 10:30 AM

    GONZALES – Streets took on water and some were closed Tuesday morning as torrential rain bands of Harvey moved over the area. The storm prompted an “areal” flood alert from meteorologists – essentially a warning of nuisance flooding or flooding in areas of poor drainage. Parts of Ascension and... more »
  • Tuesday school closures

    August 29, 2017 7:42 AM

    Multiple southwest Louisiana school systems are closed today due to weather. Closures include schools in St. Mary, Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. Schools in the St. James Parish School system will be dismissed early. The high schools will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m. and elementary schools will be dimissed... more »
  • UPDATE: Harvey to make third landfall Wednesday

    August 29, 2017 7:19 AM

    Click HERE to watch a live update from Governor Edwards on Tropical Storm Harvey. Tropical Storm Harvey will continue to spin in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico with very little movement through Tuesday. The track has actually shifted closer to the Baton Rouge area; however, this has not caused... more »
  • Harvey drifting into western Gulf, wet week ahead Play Video

    August 28, 2017 7:06 AM

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast through most of the week. While the extreme flooding ongoing in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana is not likely locally, some issues could still develop. A *FLASH FLOOD WATCH* is in effect through Wednesday for parishes west of the Mississippi River,... more »
  • UPDATE: Harvey meanders, rain forecasts adjusted

    August 27, 2017 9:12 AM

    The forecast track of Tropical Storm Harvey continues to shift. As the storm meanders in eastern Texas and weakens, flash flooding and river flooding are becoming less likely across southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. Tropical Storm Harvey has become stationary near Houston, Texas. Catastrophic flooding is currently underway... more »
  • Parts of Houston see flooding Saturday as Harvey threatens the city

    August 26, 2017 9:46 AM

    HOUSTON – Highways became impassible Saturday morning as water started to fill streets in the Houston area, media outlets reported early in the day. Soon after sunrise Saturday, people started seeing water covering streets and flooding cars. Water in some places had reached the tires or hoods of small... more »
  • Report: LSU, BYU to meet with ESPN today over Saturday's game in Houston

    August 25, 2017 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE – While LSU said Friday there was no change in the upcoming season-opener for LSU Football, historic flooding by Sunday morning may be changing that thought. LSU is scheduled to face BYU in Houston on Saturday, September 2nd, at Houston's NRG Stadium. LSU and BYU are... more »
  • Harvey weakens into Tropical Storm with sustained winds of 70 mph

    August 25, 2017 6:58 AM

    ROCKPORT, Texas - Harvey rolled onto shore overnight as a powerful Category 4 storm. It has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. > WATCH: Pat's most recent forecast HERE . > WATCH: New video; overnight video shows first images of damage from Harvey; watch HERE As... more »
  • Pumps in place as Ascension Parish prepares for Hurricane Harvey Play Video

    August 24, 2017 11:20 AM

    ASCENSION - Ascension Parish is taking precautions in anticipation of inclement weather from Hurricane Harvey. The Department of Public Works and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have begun filling and transporting sandbags to designated fire stations throughout the Parish. OEP will be conducting daily... more »
  • Harvey upgraded to a hurricane, rapidly gaining strength Play Video

    August 24, 2017 7:12 AM

    The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Harvey is rapidly gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm, which was upgraded to a category one hurricane Thursday afternoon, is expected to make landfall in Texas late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state... more »
  • Tropical Depression Harvey lingers in the gulf; heavy rains expected Play Video

    August 23, 2017 6:58 AM

    While typical August weather will continue through Thursday, all eyes are on Tropical Depression Harvey which is expected to once again become a Tropical Storm or hurricane in the western Gulf of Mexico. The latest information continues to suggest the possibility of very heavy rain and flooding in parts of... more »
  • NEW: regenerated Harvey to threaten Gulf Coast? Play Video

    August 22, 2017 11:09 AM

    The National Hurricane Center is expecting a tropical system to develop in the southern Gulf of Mexico over the next few days. Areas along the central and western Gulf Coast need to monitor the forecast as it evolves. Forecast models are indicating that a tropical storm or hurricane could affect... more »
  • Returning storms, looking ahead to a tropical rain threat Play Video

    August 22, 2017 7:18 AM

    An increase of afternoon showers and thunderstorms is again expected for the coming days. Even bigger changes are in store for area weather beginning this weekend. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Today will be partly sunny, warm and humid with high temperatures near 92 degrees. By afternoon, a... more »
  • Good visibility for most during the solar eclipse

    August 21, 2017 6:53 AM

    The solar eclipse begins at 11:55am today and lasts until 2:55pm. 75 percent of the sun will be eclipsed in the Baton Rouge area during peak viewing at 1:26pm. If you intend to view the solar eclipse then you will need to make certain that your solar viewing glasses are... more »

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