BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) -Showers and storms are rolling through the Baton Rouge area this morning, producing heavy rain and lightning. We still have a slight risk for severe weather today, at a level two threat.
The main threats are flooding, damaging winds, and hail this morning. At this time, no warnings have been issued. We are expecting between one to three inches across the viewing area today, with isolated heavier amounts possible.
That’s why a Flood Watch is in effect for the area today and tonight, although the threats should come to an end later this afternoon. The forecast for today calls for rain, heavy at times, with gusty winds and lightning, highs in the upper 70s.
The rain chances will diminish from west to east this afternoon, and the chances go all the way down to 20% this evening.
Sunday night into Monday morning will be mainly dry, before our next low pressure system moves in Tuesday.
Local rivers will see big rises over the next 1-3 days due to Sunday’s early morning rains.
Here are the prelim estimates from the NWS Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) for the Comite/Joor and the Amite/DenhamSprings ... these will both get tweaked later today.
Note that both forecast points get uncomfortably close to the flood stage.
But...the WPC rainfall outlook calls for an additional 1″ to 3″ or more between now and Wednesday, with the larger totals for areas along and north of the I-10/12 corridor.
If these rain projections are close to accurate, the rain in the coming days is sure to drive rivers even higher by week’s end.
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