Merry Christmas! This is 7Stormteam Meteorologist Ben Terry this morning from the KPLC 7Stormcenter.
Here's a morning update on the severe weather situation underway here in southwest Louisiana on this Christmas Day.
Newly issued Tornado Watches are in effect for our eastern parishes through 1:00 PM. It is highly likely that the Storm Prediction Center will issue Tornado Watches farther west this morning as the threat for more severe weather still exists across the entire viewing area.
We've already seen a couple rounds of rough storms since shortly after midnight and another round of strong storms is possible the arrival of the cold front by this afternoon.
Large hail, damaging winds, and some isolated tornadoes are all possible with any of the storms that fire today. The Storm Prediction Center has all of southwest Louisiana and Acadiana highlighted under a Moderate Risk for severe weather today, which is unusually high for this time of year.
A Wind Advisory is also in effect for later today as winds could gust as high as 30-35 MPH with the arrival and departure of the cold front.
By sunset the severe threat will diminish as any wrap-around moisture behind the front will begin to taper off.
Highs in the mid 70s today will sharply drop overnight bottoming out in the mid 30s by early tomorrow morning.
7Stormteam Meteorologist Cedric Haynes and I will continue to be here throughout the rest of the day tracking the storms and providing updates to keep you and your family safe on this Christmas Day.
From all of us at the KPLC 7Stormteam, Merry Christmas!