Got Christmas plans Friday? Watch out for strong storms in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Fighting the wind and rain, Lee Nkin tries to stay dry under a plastic sheet while walking up Burbank Drive near LSU as stormy weather hits Baton Rouge.

With cooler temperatures Thursday and a forecast for a rainy day Friday, it appears as if winter weather has finally arrived in south Louisiana.

There's a slight chance of showers today and this evening, but rain chances increase Friday across south Louisiana into Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Slidell.

Baton Rouge and Lafayette have a 90 percent chance of rain Friday with the possibility of some thunderstorms as a warm front moves across the area.

However the weather looks like it will be worse in New Orleans with high chances of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some of the thunderstorms could be severe in the afternoon.

After the front passed through Friday evening, the rest of the weekend is rain free with temperatures in the 40s to 60s for Baton Rouge, 40s to 50s for Lafayette and 50s to 60s for New Orleans.