Heavy Rain Threat Continues Today
Since Saturday when the heaviest of the rainfall began through early Sunday evening rainfall totals across much of the I-10 corridor have been in excess of four inches. There have been some unofficial rainfall totals that have been in excess of eleven inches of precipitation.
There have been many instances of roadways being closed because of high water. Early Sunday morning official with Louisiana State Police made the call to close portions of I-49 between Lafayette and Opelousas. That roadway was reopened to traffic by midday on Sunday.
The forecast for South Louisiana is a bad news, good news scenario. An approaching frontal system will be the catalyst for more heavy downpours at least through the early hours of Monday evening. That's the bad news. The good news is that by late Monday afternoon or early evening the frontal system should push most of the heavy rainfall offshore.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for all of the I-10 corridor and south to the coast until at least Monday evening. Various locations through out the watch area are also under flood warnings. The at 2 AM the radar scan from the National Weather Service in Lake Charles was indicating strong showers and thunderstorms that were widely scattered across southern Louisiana and the adjacent coastal waters. Here is the latest scan from the National Weather Service radar.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of southern and southeastern Louisiana in a marginal threat for severe weather today. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for southwest Louisiana into portion of central Louisiana. This watch will be in effect until 9 AM.
The forecast for today does call for a rain chance of anywhere from 70% to 90% with an additional flooding possible. By Monday night the forecast calls for rain chances to diminish. There is only a slight risk of showers by Tuesday with clearing skies for Tuesday night. The rest of the work week, Wednesday through Saturday, is currently forecast to be very nice with sunny skies and mild temperatures.