LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - UPDATE 5:00 PM: The Flash Flood warnings that had been issued previously and were expected to continue through 7:15 pm have been cancelled for SWLA. The Flash Flood Watch does continue through 7:00 PM but is expected to expire at that time has rainfall rates have drastically decreased across the area.
UPDATE 3:30 PM: Rain has slacked off for western portions of the below warning. We could see this warning come to end if the current trend continues. So far across Calcasieu Parish we have seen the most rainfall in DeQuincy with the rain gauge reporting 2.68 inches in the last 6 hours. In Moss Bluff and Starks we have seen over an inch and a half in the last 6 hours. And in Lake Charles we have seen less than an inch at all the gauges across the city. Here’s a link to the CPPJ website to find out if there is a rainfall gauge in your area >> https://w1.weather.gov/data/LCH/RR6LCH
UPDATE 3:20 PM: A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for portions of Jeff Davis, Cameron, Calcasieu, and Allen parishes until 7:15 pm. Heavy rain was falling and additional rainfall over the next few hours could cause roads to become flooded. Use caution while driving.
UPDATE 1:45 PM: A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for portions of Jeff Davis, Cameron, Calcasieu, and Allen parishes until 3:15 pm. Heavy rain was falling and additional rainfall over the next few hours could cause flash flooding. Use caution while driving.
UPDATE 1:10 PM: A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for portions of Calcasieu and Beauregard Parishes until 3:15 pm. Heavy rain was falling and additional rainfall over the next few hours could reach 3 inches. Use caution while driving.
Things are beginning to ramp up this early afternoon. There are a few showers around and some thunderstorms. More is likely later today.
Heavy rain and strong storms are expected this afternoon as an upper-level disturbance moves through. This will bring the potential for some flooding as well. The ground is already saturated, so a little bit of rain may do a lot of harm. We could see 1-3 inches today with local areas seeing up to 6 inches of rain.
There is also the risk for severe weather. We could see damaging winds and large hail in some of these storms. A tornado cannot be ruled out at this point, but it is unlikely we see one. Of course in addition to the threat hail and winds, there is also flash flooding possible.
Most of the rain will be in the afternoon. it will not be one continuous event. Instead, it will be scattered activity. So, it will not rain the entire time. When it does rain, it will likely be heavy rainfall which could cause a problem.
By the evening, the rain could lighten up a little. There will still be plenty of shower activity taking place. More of these showers will be light to moderate rain with a couple storms still bringing heavy rainfall. For comparison, most of the rain in the afternoon will be heavy. Even by tonight, there will likely be at least some light showers around. Therefore, you may need an umbrella all day long.