Tornado watch posted as severe weather comes in

Tornado watch posted as severe weather comes in
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The New Orleans area is under a tornado watch through 1 a.m.

Weather forecasters are tracking a front that will bring possible storms through the area starting before midnight.

"Probably starting around 8 - 9 p.m. in our western parishes, and moving out after midnight to 1 a.m.," said WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Chris Franklin.

The storm system has already spawned a few tornadoes in eastern Texas.

Even without tornadoes, New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Colin Arnold says high winds are also a concern.

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"We're already under a high wind warning," he told WWL's Scoot on the Air. "We're a little less concerned about rain at this point.

Detailed Forecast:

TUESDAY:

Increasing clouds. 30% afternoon, evening showers/storms, 100% late night and early morning strong to severe storms. Brief warm up late, windy. High: 66 in the afternoon warming to low 70s in the evening ahead of storms.

Winds: SE/S 20-30+

WEDNESDAY:

Mostly cloudy. Some sun late. Chilly, breezy. Low: S 50, N 48. High: 50.

THURSDAY:

Partly cloudy. Chilly. Low: S 40, N 35. High: 54.

FRIDAY:

Light freeze NS, MS. Mostly sunny. Chilly. Low: S 39, N 31. High: 58.

SATURDAY:

Chilly morning, pleasant afternoon. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Breezy. Low: S 45, N 39. High: 66.

SUNDAY:

60% numerous showers and storms. Milder temps, breezy. Low: S 57, N 53. High: 69.

MONDAY:

Mostly cloudy. 30% isolated shower. Mild. Low: S 58, N 52. High: 68.

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