A very strong, slow-moving storm system will move across the southern United States. Along with this system, copious amounts of moisture have been pulled in from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Periods of rain will continue tonight. Heavier downpours will be likely late tonight through early Wednesday. Many locations could see a break in the rain during the midday hours of Wednesday before rain returns late Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning. At that time, there will be a small window of opportunity for strong/severe thunderstorms. This potential is greatest in the extreme southern parishes of our viewing area (Grant, LaSalle, Winn, Catahoula, Concordia). Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be possible.
The primary concern with this event will be the potential for flash flooding. Flash flood watches will be posted for most, if not all, of the viewing area later today. Rain totals will likely range between 3-5" with locally heavier amounts of 8" in some locations. This rain will fall on already saturated grounds, increasing the possibility of flooding.
Most of the rain will end late Thursday; however, another strong storm system will arrive Saturday/Sunday bringing more widespread, heavy rain into the forecast.
Preparations need to be made across the entire area for this heavy rain event. Take time to clear out drainage systems and ditches that can become clogged with sticks, leaves, and other debris. During this rain event, remember to exercise extreme caution on roadways. Never drive on a road that is submerged in water.
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