Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:36 PM by Rob Perillo
Updated: Jan 6, 2013 5:26 PM
A very active period of stormy weather is in the forecast for Acadiana over the next week with multiple threats of heavy rains developing for the mid-week period and perhaps again for the weekend.
A deepening, slow-moving storm system will develop in Texas this week producing widespread heavy rainfall and perhaps the threat of severe weather to Southeast Texas by Tuesday.
These rain and storms will spread across Louisiana/Acadiana by late Tuesday as a warm front moves northward in advance of the storm system.
The upper low guiding this storm system will move very slowly increasing the threat of heavy flooding rains from Texas spreading into Louisiana Wednesday. The risk of heavy rainfall may continue into Thursday.
Spring-like temperatures should return to the area this week with highs getting back into and perhaps staying in the 70s Wednesday through Saturday.
While the specific details remain unclear at this time, in addition to the heavy rainfall threat, there may be a slight risk of severe storms across the area anytime from late Tuesday into Wednesday but the main headline-maker with this system will be the potential for flooding rains.
Rainfall totals over several days will likely be in the 3-6" range from Texas to Louisiana, but rain accumulation potentials may exceed 5-8" in a number of locals especially across Southeastern Texas.
Given the very wet conditions Acadiana has seen from Decemeber through the first week of January, the potential for flooding could be quite serious with this forecaster expecting "Flood Watches" to be issued for the area starting Tuesday.
And to add insult to injury, yet another weather system could threat Acadiana with more heavy rains and stormy weather for the weekend.
The bottom line, the next 7 days looks to be one of the, if not the most, active weather week in Acadiana this winter...stay tuned...