FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool and rainy today; heavier rain by late Wednesday night

Rain on and off most of the morning and into the afternoon

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool and rainy today; heavier rain by late Wednesday night

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Radar continues to indicate some patches of light rain and drizzle that will traverse the area through the morning commute becoming a little steadier by mid to late morning when rain chances will be the highest today. A patch of moderate rain moving out of Southeast Texas should begin arriving after sunset, through early afternoon.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Light but steadier rain enters SW Louisiana through most of the day

Temperatures won’t warm up much at all from morning lows and will top out in the middle 60s this afternoon with northeasterly winds between 5 and 15 mph, except gustier on the open waters where a Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the choppy and dangerous conditions for small boats. The light and at times steady rain today will begin to taper off by early evening.

Another cloudy and cool night is ahead with temperatures that will gradually fall back from the middle 60s to the upper 50s overnight with nothing more than a few stray sprinkles or very light showers possible through the evening and overnight. Some breaks in the rain at times are expected for Wednesday with the next best chance of rain holding off until late Wednesday night.

The remnants of a Pacific hurricane named Willa will continue to move across northern Mexico and push in to Texas Wednesday before moving across Southwest Louisiana through the predawn hours of Thursday morning. This is when the heaviest rain is forecast to move through the area with a widespread 1 to 3 inches of rain possible from late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning with the system quickly departing the area by Thursday afternoon leaving a drier second half of the day. Severe weather is not likely, but a couple of stronger storms can’t be totally ruled out due to the proximity of the low pressure to our coastline late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Behind this low, a cooler and drier air mass will build in quickly and return sunshine to the entire area Friday and set up a very nice stretch of weather for the upcoming weekend with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s both Saturday, Sunday and next Monday as well.

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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