Severe weather possible Thursday
The National Weather Service's New Orleans-Baton Rouge forecast office has issued a special weather statement for a slight risk of severe thunderstorms Thursday that could impact Christmas travelers and shoppers. A weak area of low pressure developing in the western Gulf of Mexico is expected to move inland into southeast Louisiana on Thursday morning, with the main weather concerns being strong to severe wind gusts; persistent rains that might result in 1 to 2 inches, with some locally higher amounts; and rapidly developing and short-lived tornadoes. "The timing of the severe weather threat will be most favored for the daylight hours, as the low pressure moves ashore and continuing through the passage of a cold front late Thursday afternoon," the statement says. The forecast calls for a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, with a low temperature near 61, and a 90% chance on Thursday, with a high near 70. To read more information on the possible severe weather, click here for the NWS New Orleans-Baton Rouge forecast office website.
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