Severe Weather Possible for South Louisiana Monday

Southern Louisiana residents should be aware of the potential threat of severe weather Monday across the area. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the west-east I-10 corridor across the floor of The Boot at risk of strong to severe storms.

This morning, many residents in southern Louisiana woke up to temperatures around or below freezing. In fact, a Freeze Warning has been posted for much of the state along and north of US 190. It was also cold in the communities south of US 190. In fact, the early morning temperature in Lafayette unofficially hit 35 degrees.

Most Southern Louisiana residents will be enjoying a beautiful clear fall day today. The changes in the forecast are not likely to be felt until later on Monday. Forecasters say a high-pressure system, which is the reason for the clear skies and cooler weather, will move east. This will increase the onshore flow of warmer humid air across the state.

As humid, unstable air moves across Louisiana during the day Monday, an approaching low-pressure system will bring showers and storms as it moves directly along the coast over the next 24 to 36 hours. The extra humidity in the atmosphere and the instability caused by the depression will be the catalyst for strong storms and heavy downpours.

Storm system from southern states brings heavy rains

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From now on, timing breaks down like that in wet weather. Showers and storms will move west to east across Louisiana in the early afternoon hours Monday. Most of southern Louisiana will experience showers and storms late Monday through the night hours and into early Tuesday.

While the SPC suggests there is a low risk of severe storms across the region during this time, this doesn’t appear to have the makings of a major severe weather outbreak. In fact, much of the concern for Monday and Monday night’s storms will be in the flash flooding area, as some of the passing storms could dump large amounts of water over localized areas in a very short space of time.

Temperatures across the region should remain seasonally cool, but an intensifying shot of cold air will sweep across the state on Thursday. This could bring temperatures below seasonal norms, but should not result in a frost across the area.

Baton Rouge replaces New Orleans as the most populous city in Louisiana

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With the busy travel week ahead next week leading up to Thanksgiving, those traveling on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday shouldn’t experience any weather problems affecting the state’s roads. However, the long-term outlook, which is subject to change, points to a significant risk of showers in south Louisiana on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.

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