WEATHER WATCH: Expected rainfall totals could reach 4 inches

Published 10:28 am Thursday, November 30, 2023

The enhanced risk of severe weather has been removed from the Lake Charles area, but there remains a risk for tornadoes along and west of a line of storms from Fort Johnson to Jennings.

Total rainfall amounts have been adjusted, as well.

“In total through the weekend, we could be looking at widespread 1 to 4 inches,” said Nick Slaughter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service‚Äôs Lake Charles office. “This will be beneficial toward improving drought conditions.”

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He said there is a slight risk for flash flooding today with severe thunderstorms expected to arrive around 3 p.m. today and stay until about 6 a.m. Friday.

Marine impacts are expected, Slaughter said, with 40-knot gusts leading to high seas and coastal flooding. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect. Gale Warnings will be in effect in today. Wave heights from 0 to 20 nmi will be between 4 to 6 feet. In outer coastal waters, 20 to 60 nmi, wave heights will be up to 11 feet.