Jan 8, 2013 6:47 PM by Rob Perillo

Widespread Flooding Possible

Widespread flooding rains are in the forecast for Acadiana through Thursday morning as a slow moving storm system in Texas will keep deep tropical moisture across the area.

After a wet December and recent rains during the first week of January ground water tables and local rivers, streams and coulees are already high, and with the promise of rain potentials of 5-10" through Thursday morning, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for all of Acadiana through late Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

Periods of heavy rainfall will continue into Wednesday with even a slight risk of severe storms possible esepcially Wednesday afternoon/evening. Any severe storms may be capable of producing damaging winds or an isolated tornado, but the greatest risk of threatening weather with this system will be flooding.

While nearly impossible to forecast actual rain totals for a particular town or parish many areas will likely receive 3-5" of rain through Wednesday morning. With additional amounts of 3-5" or more possible Wednesday afternoon/night into early Thursday.

Model guidance currently indicates that storm total rain potentials of 5-10" or more will be mostly likely along and south of the I-10 corridor and western sections of Acadiana.

After a break Thursday afternoon and Friday, unfortunately it looks like more wet weather could be on tap for the area later this weekend into early next week.

Stay with KATC for the latest on the flood threat...

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