Weather Watch: Much-needed rain could be on way for SW La.

Published 12:17 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Moisture from two tropical systems moving east out of the Pacific and an area of low pressure over the Bay of Campeche could interact this week to bring much-needed rain to the area.

The National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office said the region could see up to 3 inches of rainfall over the next four days.

“Warm conditions can be expected today in the mid-80s during the afternoon and lower- to mid-60s tonight,” said meteorologist Chanelle Stigger. “Near midnight rain chances will increase going into Wednesday morning.”

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Stigger said due to sustained winds, gusts and seas, a gale watch was issued that will be in effect most of Wednesday.

Rain chances will continue most of Wednesday and Thursday and taper down Friday morning.

“A cold front will sweep through, bringing temperatures Friday night to the mid-50s to upper-60s,” she said. “Winds behind the front will be out of the northwest.”

Stigger said the National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance within the southwest portion of the Gulf of Mexico that has a 20 percent change of development,.

The disturbance is expected to lift north and interact with a frontal pattern on Wednesday before accelerating across the southeast U.S. into the Atlantic on Thursday.