(Orange, Texas)

December 24, 2012

UPDATE: Severe weather expected for Christmas

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — It may not be snow but cold weather is heading to Orange for Christmas.

Severe weather, including tornadoes, is a distinct possibility in southeast Texas, southwest, central and south central Louisiana, starting late Monday night, and continuing into Tuesday.

A cold front will move into the region late tonight, producing scattered showers and thunderstorms through Monday. This front will stall near the coast. However, a low pressure system is expected to develop along the front near the Texas/Louisiana coastline Monday night, and move north across the area through Tuesday. This will result in an extended opportunity for severe thunderstorms across the region.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service said it is too early to pinpoint exactly where or when the severe weather will hit at press time.

See for updates.

Monday update: Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late tonight over southeast Texas. This activity and threat will shift into southwest, central, and south central Louisiana during the day on Tuesday.

 There is a significant threat that some of these storms could produce strong tornadoes, primarily from Lake Charles to Lafayette, northward to Alexandria, on Christmas Day.