FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Storms return, locally heavy rain possible

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Storms return, locally heavy rain possible

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Another stormy day is on tap for our area as showers and thunderstorms are likely to erupt by the afternoon hours.

Heavy rains are not expected to be as widespread as Thursday, but flooding could be an issue for some, especially if storms impact areas that were hard hit on Thursday.

WAFB Weather Graphic
WAFB Weather Graphic (Source: WAFB)

NOAA's Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has a Slight Risk of flooding (excessive rainfall) posted for much of the WAFB viewing area. While rain totals today are expected to average 0.5" to 2.0", WPC notes totals could exceed 4" wherever heavier storms do develop.

WAFB Weather Graphic
WAFB Weather Graphic (Source: WAFB)

One bit of good news is that there are currently no major issues on our area rivers, with the heaviest rains on Thursday falling a little south of the drainage basins. However, on a more localized scale, smaller streams/ditches/bayous are running quite high and any additional heavy rainfall today could present some problems.

WAFB Weather Graphic
WAFB Weather Graphic (Source: WAFB)

The Storm Prediction Center has also posted a Level 1 (Marginal) risk of severe weather for most of our area today. Isolated strong storms are possible, with the main concerns being damaging winds and hail. Storms will be most likely this afternoon into the early evening and should diminish near or shortly after sunset.

Rain chances drop a bit for Saturday, but we’re still expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms. Those chances then rebound for Sunday and Monday as a storm system and associated cold front approach from the west. By Sunday, locally heavy rainfall will once again be possible.

Stay with the WAFB Storm Team throughout the day for updates on-air, online, and through our free weather app.

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