An upper level system and an approaching cold front combined with a strong influx of moisture aided by the jet stream are setting the table for a very wet and stormy Friday across Acadiana. As of 4am the National Weather Service Radar out of Lake Charles indicated a large area of mostly light to moderate rain with a few imbedded thunderstorms moving across the region.

There should be a bit of a break during the daylight hours of Friday as this upper level energy pushes off to the east. The abundant moisture and instability left behind will be influenced by an approaching cold front which should move into the area later today.

This cold front is expected to be the catalyst for some heavy downpours, gusty winds and frequent lightning in the area. The Storms Prediction Center has South Louisiana in the slight risk category as far as severe storms are concerned.

The good news is the rain should move out in the overnight hours and Saturday will show improving conditions. Skies will be clearing during the day on Saturday and a gusty northerly breeze will make things seem cooler than the middle 70's that are forecast as high temperatures. The outlook for Sunday is mostly sunny and mild.