Oct 31, 2013 4:33 PM by Daniel Phillips
The severe weather threat for Acadiana has greatly diminished for Thursday afternoon as the leading edge of the front moves to the east. As of 2:00 pm Thursday, there were still a few strong storms getting ready to move through southeastern portions of Acadiana.
The Tornado Watch that was in effect Thursday morning has been allowed to expire for the rest of the afternoon. A Flash Flood Watch, however, will remain in effect until 7:00 pm Thursday with 2-4 inches expected by the end of the day with locally higher amounts possible. Further west toward Lake Charles a Flood Warning will remain in effect until late Thursday with some of the water ways reporting minor flooding.
Through the remainder of the day gusty winds and torrential downpours will still be possible, although we will see clearing beginning from west to east. Trick-or-Treaters will still want to keep an umbrella handy Thursday night as lighter rain will continue late into the evening. The storms will continue to push eastward so anyone headed to New Orleans later this afternoon may run into some of that wet weather. Swampy and muddy conditions will be expected for all the Voodoo Music Festival goers.
Behind this system we can expect drying and cooling, so expect those highs to get knocked down by a good 10 degrees heading into the weekend, with clearing skies. After this storm finally clears out we will be treated to some nice weather.