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Heavy rains and a few storms on Thursday

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Posted at 3:52 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 19:33:02-05
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Get the rain gear ready because showers will be arriving later tonight and continue on and off all day on Thursday.

Right now the showers are located down towards Brownsville, Texas.

This evening the rain will slide up the Texas coast and move over South Louisiana during the overnight hours.

We could get some steady to heavy rains overnight as the main low pressure system moves over Acadiana.

Then as the low swings to the northeast a slow moving cold front will be draped over Acadiana producing rounds of scattered showers and a few storms through the afternoon and into the evening.

These steady showers will produce a fair amount of rain with most of Acadiana picking up 2-3 inches of rain, while isolated spots that see showers train over the same spot could receive 3-5 inches of rain causing minor street flooding issues.

The good news is we have been relatively dry the last couple months and the rivers and bayous in Acadiana are running low so we should be able to take on these heavy showers without too many issues.

Besides the low end risk for flooding there is a slight risk for a few strong to severe thunderstorms as the cold front moves through eastern Acadiana during the afternoon.

The main concern with these storms will be the possibility for some damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and maybe a brief spin up tornado but the tornado threat is only at about 1-2%.

The rains will wrap up heading into Friday morning as the cold front finally slides off to the east.

Friday afternoon a secondary dry cold front will swing through Acadiana clearing out the clouds and pulling down cooler air for the weekend.

Even with a full day of sunshine highs on Saturday will only top out in the upper 50s to near 60.

Sunday will be a tad warmer with temperatures in the low to mid 60s under mostly sunny skies.

A few clouds return on Monday ahead a weak cold front which will push through the region Monday night into early Tuesday morning producing a couple scattered showers.