After a LPS (Low Pressure System) moved through the area yesterday, Cenla is sitting in the wake of one cold front and in advance of a secondary front. This means a few different things:
a) In the wake of the primary front we are seeing a moderate wind out of the North and NW, which is becoming breezy at times. Winds will begin to die down and switch to variable directions throughout the day tomorrow.
b) There is abundant cloud cover coupled with high humidity values wedged in between the two fronts. The clearing line for the cloud cover is right at the leading edge of the secondary cold front. So, we will see clearing skies throughout the over night hours as the cold front pushes through and the thick, low level clouds begin to move out of the area.
c) Due to the rain accumulation from yesterday, adding up to 2.5" for some areas, there is a Flood Warning in effect for Rapides Parish.
The warning includes the Calcasieu River near Glenmora and will remain in effect until further notice by the Lake Charles office of the NWS. The flood stage is 12' (12 feet) and at 7:30pm Thursday the stage was at 11.8' (11.8 feet) and rising. Therefore, some minor flooding is forecasted as the river will rise above flood stage by tomorrow morning and the gauge reading is forecast to reach 12' or higher. Roads upstream from Glenmora, including Strothers Crossing Rd, near the community of Calcasieu and Prince Crossing Rd. Near Hineston have water on them and are subject to being closed. Also, flooding of forested areas near the river will occur.
Overnight tonight, expect to see clearing skies and breezy conditions at times. Temperatures will fall well into the 40's while winds will remain moderate to strong and out of the West and NW with some light drizzle/mist possible for some areas.
Tomorrow, we could see some Early, patchy fog throughout the area. For the most part, expect clearing skies coupled with pleasant conditions. Highs will be in the 60's with a variable wind.
Through the weekend we will see some clouds come into the forecast but the main feature will be a slight cooling trend. By Sunday and Monday morning we will see overnight lows near or just below normal and in the 30's. These two nights we could see temps reach freezing or below.
The beginning of the work week will bring with it, increasing cloud cover, rising rain chances and a warming trend as another cold front approaches the area. The fore mentioned cold front is expected to impact Cenla mid week of next week. So, our next significant chance for rain is Wednesday of next week.