As showers and storms wind down next round of severe weather takes shape

Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 00:11:03-04

It was a wet and wild Thursday across Acadiana with a round of some spring time severe weather swinging across the area.

Thunderstorms produced strong winds knocking down some power lines in Vermilion Parish, others produced hail, and some of the coastal communities received around 7″ of rainfall.

Estimated total rainfall for Thursday’s storms.

Severe weather this time of year is not uncommon with the weather often turning pretty volatile in the spring in south Louisiana, and true to form we may have some more on the way.

We do get a quick period to try and dry out Friday and Saturday but we likely won’t be getting much sunshine.

After the added moisture from all the rain fog is going to be an issue late Thursday night into Friday morning’s commute.

Projected visibility for Friday morning.

It would not be surprising to see visibility fall below a mile as the winds calm down and fog is able to take hold.

Friday will continue with mostly clouds skies and temperatures will reach up into the 80s as we find ourselves in a warm and muggy atmosphere.

Winds will be coming in from the south keeping the moisture in place which could end with a few scattered showers through the afternoon.

There’s not a whole lot of change for Saturday’s forecast with almost identical weather to what we will be getting on Friday.

Saturday night into Sunday morning, however, is when we may be looking at our next round of severe weather.

Storm Prediction Center’s outlook for Saturday night into Sunday.

As of Thursday afternoon the Storm Prediction Center has us under a Slight Chance for severe weather for Saturday night.

There is some model support for this with showers and storms dropping in to west Louisiana late Saturday night and moving through Acadiana Sunday.

This would be an all mode type severe event with hail, wind, isolated tornadoes, and heavy rain all possible.

As we get closer to the event both timing and location will be more refined but it’ll be important to pay attention to the weather over the weekend.