Most of us have been looking ahead as far as the weather forecast is concerned. Like a football team heading into a trap game, some of us are overlooking a potential threat of strong storms and severe weather. I'll admit it, I've been more enamored with the prospect of the season's first really cold temperatures that I have been concerned about storms.

However, we should be cognizant that before the cold winds begin to blow either late tonight or early tomorrow, there could be some strong or severe storms that will have to blow through the area first.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Louisiana in the "marginal risk" category for severe storms today and tonight. That means the potential for severe storms will be present but most of the storms that move through the forecast area will not reach severe limits.

The best time for strong storms or severe weather to occur will be later this afternoon and into the darkness of Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. This will be ahead of a strong cold front that is expected to move across the area between 9 pm tonight and 3 am Thursday.

Behind the front, there will be decidedly colder temperatures and strong gusty winds. This could pose a bit of a problem for Halloween activities Thursday night that are scheduled for outdoors. It does appear that the rain will stop by trick or treat time but the gusty winds and colder temperatures will not make things too comfortable for those wishing to enjoy the evening.

We suggest you download our station mobile app for your smartphone. Make sure you set your alerts to the "on" position. That way you'll be notified instantly of any severe weather watches or warnings that could be posted for the area.