A significant severe weather event is setting up along the gulf states. Areas from Texas to Georgia are facing the likely possibility of strong tornadoes, wind damage, and severe hail. Here in CenLa the biggest threat for severe weather will be from 3am-3pm Christmas day. I'll have live updates as necessary tomorrow morning on KALB. For now, here is your short term forecast.
TONIGHT...Increasing clouds as a strong low pressure system moves towards the area. Numerous showers and thunderstorms move in overnight, mainly after 3am. Some of these storms could be severe. The biggest threat will be strong winds, but these storms may also bring tornadoes, hail, and heavy rains. Chance of rain 80%.
TUESDAY (CHRISTMAS DAY)...Continued rain and thunderstorms. The threat for severe weather continues, especially through the morning and early afternoon hours. Some of these storms could cause widespread wind damage, tornadoes, hail, and heavy rains. Chance of rain 100%.
CHRISTMAS NIGHT...The rain as well as the threat for severe weather will diminish from west to east during the late afternoon. As skies clear, cold air will move in. This will force temperatures to bottom out to near freezing. Lows 30-37 and a brisk NW winds at 10-20 mph.
Make sure to have weather radios turned ON and smart phones turned UP for instant severe weather warnings.