Rain and Storms Likely

Posted at 3:53 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 11:47:03-04

Thursday has already started busy with a few warnings during the pre dawn hours. Low pressure over Oklahoma and an associated trough will continue moving eastward over the course of the day. Storms, especially along and south of the I-10 corridor will have a chance for becoming severe. So far this morning, the main threat has been gusty winds and hail. A tornado threat for central and northern Louisiana will exist later in the day.

Rain chances will stay at 80% or better today as the system moves eastward. Some areas may pick up several inches of rainfall, with the average totals in the 1-2 inch range. Frequent lightning, winds in excess of 60mph, and hail will continue to be likely through mid morning. Another chance for strong storms will be late this afternoon into the evening as the low exits the region. Temperatures will remain in the 70s today.

Storms will diminish tonight, and Friday looks somewhat calmer. A good layer of cloudiness may linger for Friday, although only a few showers will remain.  Temperatures will be warm and muggy with highs in the low 80s. More of the same for Saturday with a few more afternoon showers and storms. Sunday things get cranking again as storms will become likely with highs again near 80 degrees. Things calm down early next week with sunny skies and mild temperatures.