Lafayette Weather – Heavy Storms Possible This Afternoon
Heavy storms are possible in Acadiana late this morning and through the afternoon. That is the word from KATC TV 3 and Dave Baker. The current radar scan from the National Weather Service indicates where the heaviest rain is falling now.
Showers and thunderstorms rumbled on shore late last night and early this morning. A severe thunderstorm watch and even a few warnings had to be posted for southeastern sections of the state. These storms were in response to an old frontal boundary lifting north as a warm front.
The heavy storms we expect later today will be in response to a low pressure system spinning out of Oklahoma and into Arkansas. This vigorous system will drag a cold front through the area during the day. The interaction of the cold front with the warm moist air in place over Acadiana could set the stage for some big thunderstorms around lunch time and into the early afternoon.
The Storms Prediction Center has the risk of tornadoes listed as slight but the potential for high winds and hail is slightly higher. If the timing of the forecast holds the rain and thunderstorms should be out of the area by later this afternoon and skies will begin to clear later tonight. We should also expect some gusty winds even after the frontal system has moved on through.
The good news is after this round of storms we will be off the roller coaster of rain and storms every couple of days. The remainder of the work week looks to be rain free and quite nice.