After a dry spell that lasted several weeks in some areas, the rain returned to central Louisiana Friday.
One organized convective system affected mainly the western and northern portions of central Louisiana during the morning. This system dumped heavy rain over northern Natchitoches and Winn Parishes with radar-estimated amounts of 2-4 inches. The collective downdrafts from these thunderstorms cooled the air as well, with a low in Jena of 62 degrees and 63 in Winnfield, Atlanta, Jonesville, and Natchez, Miss. Readings south of the outflow boundary stayed in the 70s, with Ville Platte at 75 and Opelousas at 74.
Another convective system developed during the late morning hours and spread eastward through Avoyelles, Catahoula, and Concordia Parishes as well as Adams County, Mississippi. Locally heavy rain fell in those areas with Simmesport receiving 2.50 inches and Natchez measuring 1.56 inches.
Rain chances this weekend will be more hit-and-miss with warm, muggy days and humid nights.