BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was a wet and soggy Saturday for most residents in Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi.
A slow moving cold front and a few passing disturbances dropped on average 1” of rain on most locations as of 9 PM Saturday. A few isolated spots saw totals closer to 3”. The National Weather Service is keeping the entire WAFB viewing area under a Flood Watch until 6 PM Sunday evening. We still could see a few more pockets of heavy rain that could add an additional 1” to possibly 2” of extra rain on top of what we've already seen. That is certainly manageable in most if not all locations.
The good news so far is that we've received no reports of localized flooding. A second source of good news is where the heaviest rains fell over the last 24 hours and should fall over the next 24 to 36 hours. Most of the heaviest rains fell south of the interstate 10/12 corridor keeping our area rivers from swelling above their banks. The Comite, Amite, and Tickfaw Rivers are forecasted to stay below flood stage through this rain event.
An interesting side not to Sunday will also be temperatures. We expect to see warmer morning temperatures than what we will see into the afternoon. A cold front will pass the area early Sunday and the day's high temperature should be reached just before the front passes. After the front passes, we should see a slow but steady fall in temperature into the afternoon. So expect temps in the mid 60°s early Sunday with afternoon temps in the low to mid 50°s. Also once the front passes the threat for heavy rainfall should diminish greatly.
The weather will be dry as we end 2014 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. You will need the coats though as temperatures won't get out of the 50°s each and every day.