Showers and storms moving in for the first half of the week

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jul 02, 2018

After a very dry start to the summer Acadiana will be given a chance to try and catch up on some rainfall this week with several surges of tropical moisture, the first of which expected to arrive on Tuesday. 

A closed low to the east will come moving across Acadiana Tuesday and interacting with an already saturated atmosphere to spark widespread showers that will last into Independence Day. 

A few isolated showers and storms will start to pop up Tuesday night but nothing that should be problematic, and Wednesday morning we may even see some patchy sunshine early in the day. 

As the day goes on, however, clouds will build and showers will become less spotty and more widespread by the afternoon with the heaviest showers arriving late in the afternoon and early evening. 

Be prepared for heavy downpours through parts of the day as there will be some very efficient rainmakers, these downpours could spark some localized flooding, but the ground should be ready to take on quite a bit of water. 

Rain totals could approach the 2-4" range in many areas, particularly along the I-10 corridor with a few spots higher that amount closer to the coast, luckily the heaviest rainfall is expected to remain in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The disturbance is moving fairly quickly and while it will be exiting the area by Wednesday it’ll still be dragging in some storms from the Gulf of Mexico through the afternoon on the 4th of July. 

Showers on the 4th will be mostly during the afternoon so late night cookouts and fireworks may be able to sneak in without much getting in the way, this will usher in a slightly drier period toward the end of the week but it won’t last long.