*WIND ADVISORY today from 9 AM to 6 PM. Keep a tight grip on the steering wheel while driving as south winds will be strong at 25-35+ mph.*
We will have an active start to the new week. A strong cold front will move toward us from the Plains States today. Ahead of it, it will be windy, warmer and more humid with mostly cloudy skies and highs around 80 during the afternoon. As the front moves closer to us, a squall line of thunderstorms will develop and the tail-end of it will move into the New Orleans area during the late-afternoon (4 PM) to evening hours. Some of the storms ahead and along the line could be strong to severe.
The Storm Prediction Center has parts of North Louisiana and Mississippi in an Enhanced Risk. The Northshore to Baton Rouge is under a Slight Risk, and areas south of the lake are in a Marginal Risk. The main threat would be damaging winds, but a few tornadoes are possible mainly across North Louisiana and Mississippi.
Between 10 PM and 2 AM we will see a broken line of thunderstorms move into and through the New Orleans area. It is during this time that we could see some strong to possibly severe storms. Again, the main threat would be damaging winds, but a tornado or two can't be ruled out - however, the threat is low. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers. A few downpours are expected as well. Make sure you stay tuned to WWL-TV and follow my feeds on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates and to see if there are any severe weather watches or warnings.
Overnight, the storms will end. Then we will be left with mostly cloudy skies, some patchy dense fog and only a slight chance for some rain. Lows will be in the 60s on both sides of the lake.
The cold front will retreat back to the north on Tuesday. This will set off spotty showers and a few storms starting in the afternoon and continuing into Tuesday Night. Highs will be in the 80s. Tuesday Night will see another cold front moving through the area with another squall line and strong storms possible. This line will move through New Orleans on Wednesday Morning between 5 AM and 8 AM. Lows will be in the 60s.
The weather will improve after the squall line and cold front move through on Wednesday Morning. By the afternoon, we will become mostly sunny, breezy and cooler. Highs will be in the upper 60s. Wednesday Night will be clear and colder with lows in the lower 40s north and upper 40s south.
High pressure will build over us on Thursday and Friday. Each day will be sunny and cool. Highs will be in the mid 60s. Lows will be in the 30s north with some frost and 40s south.