Posted: Aug 29, 2014 8:23 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
Updated: Aug 29, 2014 8:23 AM
Today: Friday will begin with sunshine and a warmup into the lower 90s before afternoon clouds, showers and thunderstorms develop. Activity is expected to be a bit more than Wednesday and Thursday with scattered coverage in the rain department.
Tonight: The area will maintain humidity, cloud cover and spotty showers, with a ramp up in rain intensity and coverage expected near dawn Saturday. Temperatures will keep to the mid-70s.
Saturday Washout: As far as any long duration outdoor activities go, Saturday's weather will not cooperate. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to be widespread and heavy at times, especially for the Baton Rouge area and points to the west. It will stay humid but with clouds and rain, temperatures will keep to the 80s.
Timing: Rain will begin shortly after (if not before) dawn and be scattered about through the afternoon hours. Only brief, lighter showers will linger into the evening hours.
Amounts: Generally, 1-3" of rain will fall with locally higher totals. Forecast models pin the heaviest action along the coast from Morgan City to Lake Charles. There, upwards of 4" may fall.
Hazards: Heavy downpours will pose a risk for flash flooding. Locations stuck under particularly strong storms could quickly pick up 2-3" creating ponding water and bulging bayous.
Impacts: Of course, ponding of water on roadways means travel could be complicated for LSU and Southern fans traveling westward to Houston and Lafayette for their respective games. Leave early and drive slowly through heavier pockets of rain. I-10 from Lafayette to Houston is where the highest rainfall totals are anticipated on Saturday. Also, if tailgating, be sure to have a backup plan if you hear thunder. It is not safe to be outdoors with lightning in the area.
Sunday & Labor Day: Sunday will have a little less rain coverage with early sunshine and scattered afternoon thundershowers. Labor Day will be partly sunny with only a pop-up afternoon shower or storm. Highs both days will be in the low 90s.
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