Gulf System Brings Potential Heavy Rain Threat
GULF SYSTEM: We continue to monitor a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico this Tuesday. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for the eastern half of the Louisiana coast. As of now, the forecast track for the system center will be into western Louisiana. However, both the heavy rain and tropical storm force winds extend well east of the center of this system. Heavy, flooding rains are expected from central Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. Some areas along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast may see rainfall in excess of 14 inches over the next 3 days. This system is likely to produce some heavy rainfall in our area as well, although nowhere near that extent. Widespread 1-3 inch rain totals are likely over the next 3 days, with locally higher amounts.
TODAY: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s. A few widely scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm or two possible in the afternoon. Chance of rain about 20%.
WEDNESDAY: A few more showers possible during the day, with highs again in the mid 80s. Overnight, rain will become a bit more widespread. Afternoon rain chance at around 30%.
THU/FRI: Widespread showers and a few thunderstorms possible as well. Breezy at times. Rainfall totals likely to exceed 1 inch across much of the area, with locally higher amounts.
WEEKEND: Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue . Highs remain in the mid 80s. Chance of rain Saturday is 70%. Chance of rain Sunday is 50%.