Things have settled down quite a bit after a stormy night for many of us. And while the rain and thunder were loud at times, most of us escaped this latest spring-like storm system unscathed. There were isolated reports of street flooding in the usual low spots, but the Flash Flood Watch that was in effect overnight was allowed to expire this morning as rains moved to our east.
Below are 2-day rain totals (Wednesday - Thursday) for the event:
The flooding threat is over for most of us, but last night's rains that measured 3" to 5" in some spots are resulting in rapid rises along a few area rivers. Flood Warnings have been posted for the Comite at Joor Road, the Amite at Denham Springs, and the Tangipahoa at Osyka, MS, Kentwood & Robert. Below are the latest stages and forecasts as of 4 p.m. Most of the river flooding should only have minor impacts.
You can always get the latest river stages and forecasts here: http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=1644744
The good news is that we'll have several days to dry out and no added stress will be put on the rivers.
Temps have already cooled this afternoon and we'll get to enjoy cooler, less humid air right on through the weekend. Look for highs generally in the 60°s and lows in the 40°s for the next two days. A reinforcing shot of cool air arriving Saturday will result in many of us waking up to temps in the 30°s Sunday morning. However, a freeze is not anticipated at this point.
The extended outlook features moderating temps next week, with our next chance of showers arriving Wednesday and Thursday.