Posted: Jul 18, 2014 12:30 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2014 12:48 PM
Heavy rainfall will last through the day and more rain is expected this weekend.
Localized heavy rain has created problematic road conditions for drivers this morning. Forecast models indicate that scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and impact the area through Friday evening, though with a few breaks between each batch.
Saturday is looking a little less aggressive, but scattered showers are still in the forecast. It is expected that most locations will see measurable rainfall, with many spots receiving a couple rounds of showers and storms.
Rainfall totals will be on the order of 1-5" through Sunday.
Thanks to an upper level low moving into Louisiana, a strong transport of moisture into Southern Louisiana is fueling persistent rains. An anomalously moist atmosphere is bringing the region a constant bombardment from heavy pockets of rainfall over the same areas. Rainfall rates have reached higher than 3" per hour in some spots. The greatest instability is in the southern half of the viewing area and this instability is what is helping support the highest rainfall rates. Heavy rains from this morning have saturated the ground already and the threat for flooding is a real possibility as we've already seen a few flood warnings issued across the state.
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