It’s a cold, rainy day across the Bayou State, and state climatologist Barry Keim says this is typical for winter in Louisiana. He says a storm is tracking across the southern part of the state today, bringing more of the wet weather we saw all weekend.
“Over the past few days the entire state has had substantive rainfall already occur, with parts of southwest Louisiana receiving over 10 inches, and there’s more rain to come today with the potential for anywhere from one to three and a half inches,” Keim said.
Flash flood watches are in effect until 3pm in southwest and central Louisiana parishes. Keim says there’s also the potential for severe weather today in south Louisiana as warm air is colliding with cold air.
“Once that happens, the threat does go up, and there’s always a chance for hail, tornados, and high winds to occur under those conditions. So we just need to be smart about it,” Keim said.
Keim says the rain should finally move out of the state today and then we can get ready for our real dose of cold weather before the weekend arrives.
“We can expect some clearing by very late tonight into tomorrow morning and milder temperatures by Tuesday and Wednesday across the state, but we have much colder air headed our way for Thursday and Friday,” Keim said.