A severe weather threat has grown for the Baton Rouge area ahead of a cold front pushing through the area.
Baton Rouge and areas north of I-12 are within an enhanced risk of severe weather, with a moderate risk just north of the area. While severe impacts may not be widespread, there is a threat of damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes.
The highest risk area falls over northeast Louisiana, Mississippi and western Alabama. In those areas, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center warns of "Long-track, intense tornadoes are expected along with damaging winds and large hail."
The severe weather threat will lessen west to east into the evening, leaving behind calmer conditions and cooler temperatures on Thursday.