LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Enjoy your Monday as it will be the driest day of the week with some peeks of sunshine later this morning and afternoon. Don’t head out the door though without the coat as it is much colder than yesterday, with temperatures averaging out into the middle 40s across most of the area with wind chill values that will make it feel even colder. Winds will be brisk through the day and keep the chill in the air but at least some sunshine will be on the return to help out just a bit.
By afternoon high temperatures will struggle to reach 60s as clouds mixed with some peeks of sunshine will make the need for at least a jacket as brisk winds continue to gust over 20 mph at times through the day. Clouds will begin to thicken up tonight and a few showers will start to develop after midnight with lows in the upper 40s to near 50. Rain looks to be a good bet most of the day Tuesday, on and off, as a front lifts back closer to the coast and a trough of low pressure develops over Southeast Texas.
Off and on scattered showers will be the result most of the day tomorrow, and plan on some being around for the morning commute. We’ll likely stay on the cooler side of the front through tomorrow so don’t expect high temperatures to warm up much above the lower to middle 60s. Rain chances will return though as this stalled front continues to migrate back to the north, sending temperatures back up as well through the week. Friday looks to provide us with the most break in the rain before the front returns on Saturday bringing more scattered showers and a few thunderstorms and puts Southwest Louisiana back on the cooler side by Sunday.
By the time the rain ends Sunday, all of Southwest Louisiana will see upwards of 2 to 3 inches with some isolated totals of up to 4 inches possible. The threat for flooding is greatest for parts of northern Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee over the next several days where amounts could be in excess of 8 inches. While Southwest Louisiana isn’t in the target zone of the greatest flood potential, some isolated flooding could be possible in areas of heaviest rain over the next several days, and river levels will also need to be monitored due to the consecutive days of high rain chances.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry