Freshwater and coastal fishermen need to heed the warnings issued Monday by the National Weather Service on a prediction of strong winds and heavy seas both inland, along the coast and offshore waters through Wednesday morning.

These rough conditions came prior to and will linger after a cold front that moved through Louisiana during the afternoon hours Monday.

The NWS issued a small-craft advisory for south Louisiana waters through Tuesday morning on the possibility of constant west, then northwest winds between 20-25 knots with gusts possibly reaching 40 knots. A tornato watch is in effect through 10 p.m. Monday.

With continued 20-25 knot northerly winds through Tuesday, the NWF forecast called for 3-5 foot waves east of the Mississippi River, 6-7 footers along the Central Coast, 3-4 foot waves in Lake Pontchartrain and 5-7 footers in waters 20-60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico.

Winds and seas are predicted to calm Wednesday afternoon in interior waters and along the coast, but 10-15 knot northwest winds and 3-4 foot waves will linger in offshore waters.