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Let The Defrost Begin!

Short Term Forecast:  We are FINALLY above freezing, and the defrost begins.  It will stay well above freezing this afternoon with highs around 50 with mostly clear skies.


We will not be as cold tonight, but it will still be chilly with partly cloudy skies.  Lows will be in the around 35 north of the lake, and near 42 south of the lake.

Even warmer air arrives on Friday with a mix of sun and clouds.  Highs will be in the mid 60s.  Friday Night will be mild with lows in the 60s.

Weekend Forecast:  The early outlook to the weekend calls for a significant warm-up with highs in the 70s on Saturday and Sunday.  Look for some rain to return on Sunday as a weak cold front moves across the state and stalls along the coast.  Some thunderstorms with heavy rain will be possible. 


I have the details are coming up on WWL's Eyewitness News at 5 PM. -Dave

Here Is A Look At How Much Snow and Ice We Are Expecting

Here is a breakdown of how much snow and ice we are expecting across SE LA starting on Tuesday AM thru Wednesday AM.  Some areas in Southern Mississippi could see even more snow (3"+).  This would be the most snow we have seen in years! 


1/4" to 1/2" of ice is SIGNIFICANT!  This would be enough to down trees and power lines.  Please plan for some power outages all across Southeast Louisiana. 

The NWS has a Winter Storm Warning for all of SE LA starting on Tuesday Morning and lasting until Wednesday Morning.  This is issued when significant snow and ice are expected, and when travel will be significantly impacted!!



Look for updates from the forecast from the WWL-TV's Pinpoint Forecast Center.  You can also follow our Twitter feed as well: @wwltvweather

Winter Storm WARNING now in effect for Tuesday

...Winter Storm WARNING from 6 AM Tuesday Until 6 AM Wednesday...

As I've been talking about the last few days, our next winter storm is upon us.  Right now, a cold front is moving into Southeast Louisiana.  This front is setting off some scattered showers across far SE LA and they will continue into the afternoon hours.  High temperatures will be in the lower 60s this afternoon.

Once the cold front moves through this afternoon/evening, the temperatures will start to fall.  This will be the leading edge of the cold air heading our way.  The rain will come to an end, and we will be left with mostly cloudy skies.  Low temperatures will fall into the upper 20s north of the lake and the lower 30s south.

Tuesday's Winter Mess:  The Winter Storm Warning begins on Tuesday at 6 AM and goes until 6 AM Wednesday due to the fact we will have some hazardous winter weather and it will make traveling treacherous! 


We will start out on Tuesday Morning with cloudy skies and some rain/freezing…

Winter Storm Watch Issued For All Of Southeast Louisiana

As I expected...the National Weather Service for New Orleans/Baton Rouge has issued a Winter Storm Watch for ALL of Southeast Louisiana from Tuesday Morning through late Tuesday Night.  This storm is expected to be worse than what we saw on Friday!!!


A Winter Storm Watch means that there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

It is rare that we have this issued for Southeast Louisiana, but when we do, we can get some messy weather.
At this time, the forecast models continue to show the potential for a winter storm over the New Orleans to Baton Rouge areas.  It will start out at rain on Monday with temperatures expected to be in the 60s.  Then a cold front will push across the state and bring in much colder air.  We will still have moisture over us, so the rain is expected to mix with sleet and freezing rain on Tuesday Morning.  Some areas may see a total transition to snow - mainly north of Baton Rouge.

The wintry mix will continue a…

Another Winter Storm Possible This Week

Yes, believe it or not, it is looking more likely that another winter storm will be hitting South Louisiana this week!!!

Breaking It Down:  Forecast models are showing a cold front moving to the Deep South during the day on Monday.  This front will tap into the warmer and moist air over South Louisiana, and it will set off scattered showers.  Once the front passes through by Monday Afternoon, much colder air will filter in behind it.  As this happens, the rain will start to mix with freezing rain and sleet across the Baton Rouge to New Orleans areas after midnight.

During the day on Tuesday there will still be enough moisture in the atmosphere to sustain the wintry mix.  A disturbance will move east out of Mexico across Texas and into South Louisiana.  This could enhance the amount of wintry precipitation we will see on Tuesday.

Timing:  Right now the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas will be warm with rain on Monday.  The changeover will occur after midnight into Tuesday with a free…

Winter Weather Noon Update...

...Winter Weather Advisory Until 6 PM...

 A Winter Weather Advisory is in place through 6pm for areas north and now south of the lake. A mix of snow and sleet is possible throughout the day.  This is issued when travel problems are expected due to the icy conditions.  Elevated roadways and overpasses could be icy all around the New Orleans area through the afternoon and into the evening hours. 



The Latest:  It has been a messy morning with the wintry mix mainly north and west of New Orleans.  The rain, sleet and snow will continue through the afternoon.  A light glaze of ice is possible mainly north of the lake.  South of the lake I am expecting mainly a light rain event with a few sleet pellets mixed in.  A few overpasses could be icy north and west of the lake this this afternoon.  Please be careful while traveling around the region.  High temperatures will not warm up much as they only climb into the mid 30s.

The latest forecast models are showing that the wintry mix could co…

Some Sleet and Snow Possible Across SE Louisiana Tonight

...Winter Weather Advisory For The Baton Rouge Area From 6 PM to 9 AM Friday...

Wintry Weather:  A cold front is moving across the southern part of Louisiana this afternoon.  At the same time, there is a trough of low pressure in the Western Gulf of Mexico that is setting off scattered showers over Eastern Texas into Western Louisiana.


The forecast models are now showing a little more moisture coming in from the trough in the Gulf.  This is sending the moisture into cold air and that is why there is a little better chance of seeing some wintry weather verses what we saw yesterday.  However, there is also some dry air near the surface, and this may help to evaporate any wintry precipitation that may fall.

Temperatures are expected to fall to the freezing point later this evening across Western Louisiana, and that will allow the rain to be mixed with sleet and snow from Lake Charles to Baton Rouge to the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain.  Right now the rain has changed over to sleet …

Another Cold Front Bringing Us Some Cold Air Tomorrow

New Job:  I have not been posting much on my weather blog recently because I've started a new job!  After 10 years at WBRZ in Baton Rouge doing the morning and noon newscasts, I've moved down I-10 to WWL-TV in New Orleans!  I am the Noon and 5 PM Meterologist there!  Be sure to watch! 

Cold Front:  We have another cold front that will move across Louisiana tonight. It will give us mostly cloudy skies with a few showers possible. Lows will be in the mid 40s north and upper 40s to 50 south of the lake. 

Tuesday will start out with clouds & a few early AM sprinkles, then it will become mostly sunny by the afternoon. It will be cooler with highs in the upper 50s. 

 It will turn MUCH COLDER on Tuesday night with lows in the mid 20s north and lower 30s south with a light freeze possible. 

Rest of the Week:  High pressure will build over the area on Tuesday and stick around through Wednesday.  This will bring us plenty of sunshine on Wednesday, but it will be cold with high…

We Continue To Defrost Today With Much Warmer Weather

Short Term Forecast:  We finally have a morning where we are above freezing!!  Mostly cloudy skies are greeting us on this Thursday Morning with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.  I'd still take that coat with you as you head out the door.


The warming trend continues today thanks to the area of high pressure moving up the East Coast.  This has taken the bitter cold air with it, and southeasterly winds will come back over Baton Rouge today.  These winds will transport in some warmer Gulf air along with some extra moisture.  This will give us a mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures in the lower 60s.

It will not be as cold tonight thanks to those southeasterly winds.  We will have partly to mostly cloudy skies with some patchy fog.  Low temperatures will be in the upper 40s.

Friday will also be a warmer day with even more cloud cover thanks to a cold front that will move toward Baton Rouge.  Most of the day will have mostly cloudy skies, but a few showers will start to …

A Slow Warming Trend Begins Today

...Hard Freeze Warning Until 9 AM Today...

Another Bitter Cold Start:  You will need to bundle up once again on this Wednesday Morning across South Louisiana.  We have mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the lower 20s.  Areas of South Mississippi will be down into the upper teens!!


The area of high pressure that was sitting over us yesterday will be moving east of Louisiana today.  This will take away the bitter cold Arctic Air, and we will start to slowly warm up.  We will have mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies this afternoon with high temperatures around 50.

It will not be as bitter cold tonight, but it will still be pretty chilly.  We will have partly to mostly cloudy skies with low temperatures in the mid 30s.  Most of you will stay above freezing around the Metro Baton Rouge area, but parts of the Upper Florida Parishes and South Mississippi will be close to 32° tonight.

Warming Trend Continues This Week:  As the area of high pressure moves more to the eas…

More Bitter Cold Weather Today

...Hard Freeze Warning Until Noon Today...
...Hard Freeze Warning From 6 PM Tonight Until 9 AM Wednesday...

A Bitter Cold Day:  We start out this Tuesday Morning with mostly clear skies as some high clouds remain over the city.  It is bitter cold with temperatures in the upper teens to lower 20s.  PLEASE bundle up as you head to school and work today.  It will remain cold all day long!


An area of high pressure will sit over us today and that will make for a beautiful sunny day.  Unfortunately, it will stay very cold all afternoon.  The Arctic Air will still be over us today and that will not allow us to warm up much.  We will only have high temperatures in the upper 30s to around 40 in the Baton Rouge area.  If you have to be outside for an extended period of time today be sure to dress in layers to stay extra warm!

We will have one more night of the bitter cold with clear skies.  Low temperatures will be in the lower 20s.  Another hard freeze is expected and the NWS has issued anothe…

Arctic Blast Arrives Today In Baton Rouge

...Freeze Warning from Until 9 AM Monday...
...Wind Chill Advisory Until Noon Monday...
...Hard Freeze Warning from 6 PM Monday Until 9 AM Tuesday...

Arctic Blast:  I hope you are ready for some of the coldest temperatures since 2010 to affect the Baton Rouge area!!  While we will be no where near as cold as our friends and family in the Northern U.S., we will still be very cold for Louisiana.  Now that the cold front has moved through the state, the cold air is making its way into Baton Rouge.  We are starting out this Monday Morning in the lower 30s to upper 20s with breezy northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph.  This will give us a Wind Chill as cold as 15 degrees at times.  BUNDLE UP as you head out the door today - both kids at the bus stop and adults too!


There is a little change in the forecast from yesterday...some clouds will be sticking around today verses a total clear out of them.  This will help to filter the sunshine and it will not warm up much this afternoon.  We will only have…

An Arctic Blast Is On Its Way To Baton Rouge Starting Tonight

...Freeze Warning from Midnight Tonight Until 9 AM Monday...
...Wind Chill Advisory from Midnight Tonight Until Noon Monday...
...Hard Freeze Warning from 6 PM Monday Until 9 AM Tuesday...

Arctic Blast:  Get ready for some of the coldest temperatures since 2010 to affect Southeast Louisiana!!  While we will be no where near as cold as our friends and family north of Louisiana, we will still be very cold for Louisiana.  The cold front moved through town this evening and the cold air is now making its way here.  We will start out in the mid 20s on Monday Morning with breezy northwest winds.  This will give us a Wind Chill as cold as 11 degrees at times. BUNDLE UP the kids at the bus stop and adults need to bundle up too!  High temperatures will only be in the 30s on Monday afternoon, so it will stay cold ALL DAY!

Then BITTER cold Arctic air will arrive on Monday Night.  We will have low temperatures in the mid TEENS!!  The record low on Tuesday is 20 set back in 1970 and we will very like…

Get Ready For An ARCTIC BLAST To Arrive By Monday

...Hard Freeze Watch Sunday Night Through Monday Morning...

Short Term Forecast:  We had a pretty pleasant Sunday with sunny skies and mild temperatures in the 60s.  It will not be as chilly tonight with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Low temperatures will be in the upper 40s.


You can expect plenty of clouds on Sunday as a strong Arctic Cold Front moves into Baton Rouge.  Scattered showers will move into town during the afternoon with the cold front.  High temperatures will be in the mid 60s ahead of the front.  As soon as the front passes through town, it will become windy and the temperatures will fall quickly from the 60s into the 40s!  Winds will be out of the southwest to northwest at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts.

The rain will end Sunday Night and it will become VERY COLD with low temperatures in the mid 20s under mostly clear skies.


Early Next Week Cold Blast:  The coldest air will arrive on Monday in the wake of the cold front as a trough of low pressure swings across Louis…