Storms returned to much of central Louisiana Friday and Friday night. Some of these storms became severe with trees downed in and near Oakdale and quarter-size hail on Twin Bridges Road in Rapides Parish. Sporadic power outages and interruptions resulted from the strong wind and frequent lightning strikes. Rainfall totals between three and four inches fell across portions of Rapides Parish between Alexandria and Hineston.
A combination of factors caused the inclement weather. A strong disturbance aloft moved along the edge of the high pressure cell over the Plains. This system approached from the northeast and tapped the hot, unstable air that resided over central Louisiana. With temperatures in the mid to upper 90s common and dewpoints in the 70s, the air became nice and juicy with several thousand units of energy. The upper-level disturbance trigged this energy and created big storms.
Some variation of the same pattern will continue this weekend. I would say most of you should expect to see rain either Saturday or Sunday.
Have a good one!