Heavy rain for parts of central Louisiana

Published: Mar. 30, 2017 at 9:51 PM CDT
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A strong storm system moving from eastern Kansas to Illinois prompted rain and thunderstorms across central Louisiana Wednesday into early Thursday.

The pattern of heavy rain was split into two pieces. One part was located over portions of Sabine, Natchitoches, and Winn Parishes. The second part formed across the southern tier of parishes. In between, only small amounts of rain were observed.

In the northwest zone of heavy rain, 2.26 inches fell near Bellwood and generally 1-2 inches was observed in the Natchitoches area. Hodges Gardens were well-watered by 2.21 inches.

Apparently, heavier rain occurred over the southern parishes. Washington received 4.50; Simmesport 4.01; and 4.00 fell near Grand Prairie. Ville Platte reported a hefty 3.77 inches and Opelousas had 3.20 inches.

From a historical perspective, these four-inch totals occur about once per year during any 24-hour period.

In the zone between these two axes of heavy rain, Wiliana in Grant Parish received only a trace. The Brame Energy Center reported 0.08 and Downs Lane on the west side of Alexandria saw 0.09 inches.

Locally heavy amounts of rain should return by Sunday into Monday.