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  • Stormy start to the week, drier for Mardi Gras Play Video

    February 27, 2017 7:10 AM

    While the week is beginning unsettled, timing of a cold front and thundershowers should work out just right for Mardi Gras. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: For Lundi Gras, expect scattered showers and thunderstorms through mid-afternoon. It will not rain constantly and while organized severe weather is not... more »
  • Passing shower tonight, pushing warmth out tomorrow

    February 24, 2017 6:43 AM

    The final weekend of the Carnival Season and the second for LSU Baseball should enjoy some more nice weather. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Morning fog will give way to sunshine and then a cold front will approach the area late. Ahead of this, temperatures will again stride... more »
  • Accused fraud contractor arrested by Walker Police Department

    February 23, 2017 9:47 PM

    WALKER - The contractor accused of fraud in Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes has been charged again by the Walker Police Department. Walker Police obtained a warrant for Matthew Morris' arrest on charges of residential contractor fraud, contractor misapplication of insurance payments, insurance fraud, and extortion. ... more »
  • Going for 20 and 21 Play Video

    February 23, 2017 6:44 AM

    If the Baton Rouge area can make it to 80s degrees today, that would continue to stretch a record count for the winter months. Previously, the most days over 80 degrees recorded in a winter came from December 1956 to February 1957 with 17. Up to date, this winter has... more »
  • Front through but more 80s on the way Play Video

    February 22, 2017 6:59 AM

    Even through a front has passed the region, temperatures will not change much. In fact, the record setting 80s of winter 2016-17 are again expected on Thursday and Friday. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Morning clouds will give way to a mostly sunny sky during the afternoon and... more »
  • Storms, tornadoes damage dozens of homes in San Antonio area

    February 20, 2017 8:49 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - At least three tornadoes have hit parts of San Antonio and its suburbs, damaging dozens of homes but causing no major injuries. A National Weather Service survey team confirmed that a tornado struck a residential area about 5 miles north of downtown around midnight Sunday. San Antonio... more »
  • Rain expected for Friday Evening events Play Video

    February 17, 2017 7:02 AM

    Even with showers in the forecast tonight, a packed weekend of events couldn’t ask for a much better February forecast—especially when it comes to temperatures. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Clouds will increase quickly on Friday with temperatures making it into the upper 60s. Showers are expected to... more »
  • HUD approves plan for appropriation of flood relief money

    February 16, 2017 8:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had approved the first part of an action plan on how to use flood recovery money. The first appropriation is for about $438 million. "This is great news for nearly 200,000 families who were impacted by historic... more »
  • Krewe of Artemis, LSU Baseball may be dodging showers Play Video

    February 16, 2017 6:39 AM

    Thursday Morning could be one of if not the last taste of wintry temperatures this season. On average, the last freeze occurs around Feb. 24. At this point, the last freeze registered in Baton Rouge was on January 8. Previously, the earliest, last freeze of the season came on January... more »
  • So this is what winter feels like Play Video

    February 15, 2017 6:56 AM

    Generally quiet weather will carry into another weekend of Mardi Gras parades and the LSU Baseball opener. However, do expect a fast warming trend after cool temperatures today and tomorrow. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Quieter weather is on tap for Wednesday. After plenty of cloud cover, some... more »
  • An evening date with rain and storms

    February 14, 2017 7:17 AM

    Strong storms are possible this evening prior to a cooler and quieter second half of the week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: After a dry beginning, clouds are expected to increase through Valentine’s Day and showers and thunderstorms may disrupt some plans later. As of now, timing brings... more »
  • The date could be a little rocky Play Video

    February 13, 2017 7:20 AM

    A weak front passed through last night and it has knocked our temperatures down a peg, but still not to seasonable levels. The risk for strong thunderstorms returns Tuesday Night. The format this time should be a little different than last week’s tornado outbreak—with a line or cluster of storms... more »
  • Good to be king, good to be in Louisiana

    February 10, 2017 7:02 AM

    The theme for the Krewe of Orion parade this year can be tweaked just a bit to describe how many feel about living in the bayou state! While some dig out of snow in the Northeastern United States, we'll put on shorts this weekend. Mainly dry and warmer than average... more »
  • Weak and short La Nina fades away; climate shifts to neutral

    February 9, 2017 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - - La Nina, we hardly knew ye. U.S. weather forecasters said Thursday the cool flip side to the climate phenomenon El Nino has faded away. The La Nina episode lasted only four months and was among the weakest and shortest on record, coming on the heels of one... more »
  • Front brings seasonable feel locally, snow to northeast Play Video

    February 9, 2017 7:05 AM

    A cold front arrives today on the heels of Tuesday’s severe weather outbreak. The same storm system will be responsible for heavy snow and significant travel delays in the Northeastern United States—take note if you will be flying on Thursday or Friday. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Your... more »
  • PHOTOS: Stories of survival shared, rebuilding starts day after twister in Ascension

    February 8, 2017 12:40 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – People mixed survival stories with tales of plans to rebuild as people met on the streets of this Ascension Parish community Wednesday. Hours after a twister tore through Donaldsonville, people are taking note of what's left, thankful there were no deaths and pondering their next steps. By... more »
  • In Killian, people felt houses fly away in morning storm Play Video

    February 7, 2017 5:07 PM

    KILLIAN - Life was upended in this typically quiet, swampy paradise in low-lying Livingston Parish Tuesday morning. "I don't remember breathing," Dennis Hill, the police chief of this small community, said as he described the terror of what is expected to be a twister moving through Killian. Hill was... more »
  • VIDEO: Tuesday twisters wreak havoc on the region Play Video

    February 7, 2017 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven tornadoes were reported in six Louisiana parishes as severe weather blasted the area Tuesday morning. Reports of tornadoes and injuries started before lunch in Ascension and Livingston Parish. By the afternoon, the skies cleared, the sun baked the wet ground and people came to realize... more »
  • UPDATE: strong storms possible Tuesday Morning

    February 7, 2017 6:56 AM

    The atmosphere has destabilized a bit more than expected, and it now appears possible that a few strong thunderstorms will be possible today. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: The first half of your Tuesday will be unsettled. Showers and thunderstorms are expected through early afternoon. A few storms... more »
  • Awaiting the next cold front Play Video

    February 6, 2017 7:17 AM

    Above average to near record warm temperatures remain in the forecast. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: Monday will be partly sunny, muggy and warm with high temperatures topping out near 80 degrees. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy during the overnight hours with lows in the low... more »
  • One weekend, two seasons

    February 3, 2017 7:09 AM

    While a completely dry weekend can’t be guaranteed, outdoor plans are in good shape overall. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: Showers and especially clouds will linger through Early Friday with some sun possibly peeking out during the late afternoon hours. Over the last 48 hours, high temperatures have... more »
  • Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter

    February 2, 2017 9:25 AM

    PUNXSUTAWNEY - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has "predicted" six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow. Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed their "forecast" at sunrise Thursday. The festivities have their origin in a German legend that... more »
  • Phil's call on the ball? Or is Pierre's guess the best?

    February 2, 2017 7:06 AM

    We have made a significant change to the temperature forecast on the other side of a cold front moving through the region. A modest cool down now seems likely. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: As a weak cold front settles into the area, mainly cloudy skies are expected... more »
  • Unseasonable warmth into the new month

    February 1, 2017 7:25 AM

    As a new month begins, the warmer pattern continues. With an average temperature of 59.3 degrees, January 2017 was the fifth warmest on record. Bumped by nearly 5 inches of rain on January 19, the month goes down as the ninth wettest with 9.7 inches. Records from Baton Rouge Metropolitan... more »
  • Whatever the rodent says, we're spring-like

    January 31, 2017 6:47 AM

    As thermometers continue an upward climb, the next shot at showers is on the board. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: Tuesday will continue a warming trend for the area with highs returning to the mid 70s—likely a degree or two warmer than Monday. Sunshine will be the main... more »
  • Another weather pattern flip

    January 30, 2017 6:58 AM

    After a chilly weekend, thermometers will be on the way back up. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: In a carryover from Sunday, your Monday will bring abundant sunshine. High temperatures will warm into the upper 60s and low 70s with winds shifting to the southwest at 5-10mph. Overnight,... more »
  • Death toll from Southeast tornadoes, storms rises to 21

    January 27, 2017 8:38 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast has increased to at least 21. A 77-year-old woman in southwest Georgia died from storm-related injuries Thursday night at a hospital. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told The Associated Press on Friday... more »
  • Death toll from Southeast tornadoes, storms rises to 21

    January 27, 2017 1:51 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast has increased to at least 21. A 77-year-old woman in southwest Georgia died from storm-related injuries Thursday night at a hospital. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told The Associated Press on Friday... more »
  • Last January weekend will feel like... January!

    January 27, 2017 6:48 AM

    Dry, quiet stretches aren’t too common for South Louisiana in January—so grab a light jacket and enjoy the outdoors this weekend! THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: Friday will bring abundant sunshine with just a few passing high clouds. Temperatures will be climbing out of the upper 30s and... more »
  • Rare fallstreak spotted during colorful sunset Thursday

    January 26, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Colorful photos continue keep coming to the WBRZ Weather Team after a gorgeous sunrise and sunset across the Baton Rouge area on Thursday. A vivid scene was anticipated during the twilight hours, but even that was an understatement. Beautiful sunrise across Southeast #Louisiana , photo... more »
  • Turning cooler, staying cooler

    January 26, 2017 6:37 AM

    Cooler temperatures have arrived and will prevail through Monday. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: Beyond straggling morning clouds, Thursday will feature afternoon sunshine and high temperatures near 60 degrees and northwest winds of 5-10mph. Those winds will continue to spill cooler air into the region beneath a clear... more »
  • Lineman killed in Oklahoma Panhandle was Louisiana man

    January 25, 2017 4:25 PM

    BEAVER, Okla. - A power company lineman who was killed while working to restore power in the Oklahoma Panhandle was a Louisiana man. Echo Powerline says 30-year-old employee Nathan Evans of Sarepta, Louisiana, was electrocuted Sunday while helping restore electricity in Beaver County after the area was hit hard by... more »
  • Showers possible for the late commute, cooler tomorrow

    January 25, 2017 6:49 AM

    After a front moves through the area today, a stretch of below normal temperatures is on the way. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: A cold front will enter the region on Wednesday. With this system, passing clouds and a few showers are anticipated but rain will not be... more »
  • Right back to the 70s, not for long

    January 24, 2017 6:37 AM

    Overall, a quiet stretch of weather is ahead but a temperature turnaround is on the way! THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: More sunshine is expected for Tuesday with high temperatures warming quickly into the low 70s. Winds will shift southeast at 5-10mph. Overnight, some clouds will begin to... more »
  • Rivers crest above flood stage after near-record wet stretch

    January 23, 2017 11:02 AM

    The new year is picking up where 2016 left off—wet. So far, the Baton Rouge area is running a 5.57 inch surplus in the rain gauges on the heels of one of the wettest stretches in January history. 6.65 inches fell from January 19-22. However, the three-day span from... more »
  • Area dodges severe storms, but local rivers rise

    January 23, 2017 7:13 AM

    All things considered, the local area fared very well amidst an outbreak of severe weather all across the Southeast. Deadly tornadoes struck as close as Hattiesburg, MS., with reports of damaging wind and large hail all around. Despite a multitude of tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings on Friday Night and... more »
  • PHOTOS: Deputies say man had to cling to tree as tornado destroyed his Natchez home

    January 22, 2017 8:22 PM

    NATCHITOCHES – Authorities in Natchitoches Parish say multiple people were hurt Saturday after a possible tornado damaged homes near Natchez Louisiana. Around 6:03 p.m. Saturday, authorities discovered significant damage to homes off La. Hwy 494 in Natchez and near Cane River Lake in Point Place. Officials say two... more »
  • Severe weather risk now centered on Baton Rouge

    January 20, 2017 7:18 AM

    With a 2pm update, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction center has included the entire WBRZ Weather Forecast area in an "enhanced risk" for severe storms. The city of Baton Rouge is in the center of the greatest threat area. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: The week will... more »
  • UPDATE: heavy rain prompts flash flood warning in Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2017 9:40 AM

    ***FLASH FLOOD WARNING*** for East Baton Rouge has been extended until 2:30 p.m. ***FLASH FLOOD WATCH*** for the entire forecast area except Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana Parishes and Wilkinson County until 6 p.m. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Heavy thunderstorms will continue into the afternoon. Localized... more »
  • Active weather expected Thursday, Saturday

    January 18, 2017 7:11 AM

    The WBRZ Weather Team is monitoring two threats for severe thunderstorms and the next shot at cooler temperatures. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Another cloud filled sky is expected on Wednesday with a better shot at showers into the evening and overnight hours. High temperatures will chug into... more »
  • Warmth rolls on, storms soon roll in

    January 17, 2017 6:47 AM

    Baton Rouge Metro Airport tied a record high temperature on Monday, reaching 81 degrees. In addition to continued warmth, a pair of storm threats are up in the extended forecast. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: A little more sunshine and slightly lower rain chances are expected on Tuesday.... more »
  • Staying warm, getting wetter

    January 16, 2017 6:50 AM

    Unseasonable warmth will continue this week with increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with isolated showers possible today. Highs will be in the mid 70sd with south, southeast winds of 10-15mph. Overnight will be mostly cloudy with patchy... more »
  • A nice April weekend ahead

    January 13, 2017 7:09 AM

    Several record high temperatures fell on Thursday. New benchmarks were set in Baton Rouge (82°), New Roads (82°) and McComb (80°). So, One thing you can lock in with this weather forecast – it will feel nothing like January in the Baton Rouge area! THE FORECAST: Today and... more »
  • Here we go again, record highs in danger

    January 12, 2017 6:37 AM

    Well above average temperatures will headline the weather story through Sunday. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Beyond morning fog, a partly sunny afternoon is ahead with high temperatures pegged for the upper 70s. Especially where there is ample sunshine, the 1989 record of 80 degrees is certainly in... more »
  • Some may snag a shower today

    January 11, 2017 6:59 AM

    Above average temperatures will persist through the week with only slim shower chances. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Wednesday will bring as good a chance as any this week of a rain shower. Mostly cloudy skies will continue with a few blips on radar possible into the afternoon... more »
  • Breezy with clouds moving through

    January 10, 2017 6:56 AM

    By tonight, heaters get a break and air conditioning goes back into service! THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Temperatures return to well above average readings this afternoon. Even with a mostly cloudy sky, highs in the low 70s are anticipated. Winds will be breezy--southerly at 10-15mph with occassional... more »
  • Plumbers busy repairing pipes following freezing temperatures Play Video

    January 9, 2017 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The recent severe cold weather translated into overtime for plumbers trying to repair damaged pipes. One plumber, Joseph Pickens, said that the company he works with, Tiger Plumbing, received several calls about broken pipes following the freezing temperatures. The company received so many calls, in fact,... more »
  • Warming away from a frigid weekend

    January 9, 2017 7:03 AM

    The weather is getting back to normal today with more typical January temperatures in Baton Rouge. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Look for near normal temperatures today with highs in the low 60s and mostly sunny skies. Overnight will be mostly clear with lows near 50. Up... more »
  • Flood survivors battle freezing temperatures in harsh conditions

    January 8, 2017 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Jeffrey Turner is living in his flood damaged trailer home near Denham Springs. There’s mold on the walls, no working bathroom and the pipes froze this weekend. To keep warm, Turner must confine himself to one small room, the only part of the trailer that has... more »
  • Pope: Help those living on street in cold and indifference

    January 8, 2017 12:47 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is drawing attention to homeless people suffering from both freezing cold and indifference during Europe's frigid weather. In Italy alone, eight deaths were blamed on the cold, including a man who died in the basement of an unused building in Milan, and another on a... more »
  • Coffee shops stay busy during severe cold weather Play Video

    January 7, 2017 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Following the severe cold weather in the area, residents found refuge in their local coffee shops. Although Friday was windy, cold and rainy, Saturday turned out to be warm and steamy for those at Magpie Cafe looking for their hot cup of joe. Crowds showed... more »
  • Drivers experienced setbacks due to Audubon Bridge closure Play Video

    January 7, 2017 10:27 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE – The John James Audubon Bridge closed on Friday due to the severe weather in the area and reopened Saturday afternoon. However, while the bridge was closed, drivers experienced some setbacks. Barricades blocked the intersection of Highway 61 and LA-10 leading to the bridge between St. Francisville... more »
  • Storm paralyzes travel in parts of Mississippi

    January 7, 2017 11:39 AM

    JACKSON - Traffic is barely crawling across parts of central Mississippi on Saturday morning, with 18-wheel trucks pulled over on the shoulders of icy highways in spots. Jackson's city streets were supposed to be filled with runners Saturday, but organizers canceled the annual Mississippi Blues Marathon, citing weather and travel... more »
  • Storm causes 260 North Carolina vehicle crashes

    January 7, 2017 11:10 AM

    DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina's governor says winter weather has caused numerous car crashes and is urging people to stay off the roads. Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday that there were at least 260 traffic accidents between midnight and 6 a.m. as the winter storm blew in. Authorities say they... more »
  • DOTD cautions Baton Rouge drivers of slick roads overnight Play Video

    January 6, 2017 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD officials are warning drivers possible icy conditions could leave the roads dangerous for drivers. Crews are prepared with salt to keep the roads from freezing overnight. There are many staging areas across the state, including by the Mississippi River Bridge. Workers say they hope to keep... more »
  • Frozen roadways worry Mississippi residents Play Video

    January 6, 2017 10:03 PM

    WOODVILLE, Miss. - As winter storm warnings stay in effect, Mississippi counties are bracing for more ice and cold overnight. Throughout the day Friday, parts of Mississippi experienced rain, sleet, and some snow. What's left behind could cause a mess on the roads. "My buddy passed a car and then... more »
  • Ice greets many Saturday morning in backyards; See cold weather pictures

    January 6, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Do you have winter weather photos or videos? We would like to see them! Email them to news@wbrz.com or Tweet at us on Twitter at @WBRZ . We will add them to this image gallery and maybe even put them on air. ... more »
  • Mayor Broome urges residents to stay off roads during icy weather Play Video

    January 6, 2017 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is urging all resident to stay off the road as winter weather passes over the Baton Rouge area. “Anyone who must drive is urged to use extreme caution,” Broome said during a new conference Friday afternoon. The Mayor’s Office of Homeland... more »
  • BREC recreational facilities will close at 6 p.m. due to weather

    January 6, 2017 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – All BREC recreational facilities will close at 6 p.m. Friday due the threat of dangerous road conditions. BREC says it will also delay opening times for the facilities until 10 a.m. Saturday for the safety of its employees and visitors. According to a statement, all... more »
  • FedEx: Storm causes big problems at Memphis hub

    January 6, 2017 12:15 PM

    ATLANTA - Shipping giant FedEx says delays are possible for packages being delivered across the country Friday due to winter weather that has swept through its home base in Memphis, Tennessee. The company posted a statement on its website saying FedEx Express experienced "substantial disruptions" at its Memphis hub overnight... more »
  • State and City-Parish offices closing Friday at noon

    January 6, 2017 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All City-Parish Government Offices will be closed starting Friday at noon, according to an advisory from the mayor's Communications Office. According to a statement from Mayor Broome, offices will be closed because of the threat of severe winter weather in East Baton Rouge Parish. Commissioner... more »
  • UPDATE: dangerous travel possible tonight Play Video

    January 6, 2017 7:50 AM

    With rain in around Baton Rouge, frozen precipitation north of the city and freezing temperatures expected tonight -- icy roads and bridges will be a concern tonight. See an updated forecast, detailed timing for your parish or county and how to prepare for the wintry weather in our full breakdown... more »
  • Drivers prepare for winter weather conditions across state Play Video

    January 5, 2017 11:47 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Residents in four parishes and two Mississippi counties are preparing for freezing conditions while under a winter weather advisory. In East and West Feliciana Parishes, road crews are getting ready for wet roads and freezing temperatures. Black ice could be a big problem for drivers. "Can you... more »

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