Calm today, another round of severe storms possible by early Friday


BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Our weather remains calm today following a cold front that passed through the area on Tuesday. However, some clouds are likely to linger through at least the morning hours as an upper low slowly slides eastward. This will also keep temperatures cool during lunchtime. With hopefully some sunshine back in the afternoon, the peaks should climb to around 70 degrees.

031622 Accurate forecast(wafb)

Thursday will be another relatively calm day as we await our next storm system. The morning begins on the cool side in the mid to upper 40s, with afternoon highs climbing into the upper 70s under increasing cloud cover. We should stay dry for most of the day, but a few showers and thunderstorms will be possible as midnight approaches.

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Severe weather forecast 031622(wafb)

Showers and thunderstorms are then likely again overnight through Friday morning as our next cold front approaches. Severe to severe storms are also possible again, with the Storm Prediction Center showing a level 2/5 (light) severe weather risk for our entire observation area. Hail and damaging winds are the primary concern in stronger storms, with tornado potential being a bit more uncertain. The greatest threat to isolated tornadoes currently appears to be south of I-10, but we’ll be watching for trends.

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Future radar 031622(wafb)

The good news is that after another wave of thunderstorms early Friday, we should enjoy a good weekend. Morning temperatures will be below normal throughout the weekend, bottoming out in the low to mid 40s, but afternoons should be about perfect with plenty of sunshine and near highs. from 70° on Saturday to low-mid 70s on Sunday. The weather is still looking good for Saturday’s Wearin’ of the Green Parade, although it will be a little cold when the floats line up early Saturday morning.

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Wearin of the green parade forecast 031622(wafb)

The extended forecast indicates the possibility of another series of storms in the period from Tuesday to Wednesday. There is some uncertainty about the strength and timing of this next storm system, so we will update you as details become clearer.

031622 10 day forecast
031622 10 day forecast(wafb)

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