McCoy said that several days ago, weather forecasters had actually thought that once the weekend storm passed, weather would mellow out and temperatures would go back into the 60s. With already saturated grounds, the rainfall is expected to runoff and cause flash flooding, according to the weather service. This threat of severe weather is expected to move through the state throughout the day and the threat will dissipate around early evening.
Then there is another cold front behind the system, and overnight lows are expected to drop to near 50 Thursday and Friday nights.
Rain will continue Friday morning.
In total the scattered showers this afternoon and the squall line later this evening will bring an additional 3-6 inches of rain to most of Acadiana. This may result in flash flooding and a good deal of standing water in poor drainage areas.
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Our Spring rain tally now stands three inches above average. This will cause rivers to rise with some rivers possibly reaching moderate or major flood stages.
As some rivers continue to rise to record or near-record levels across the region, another round of heavy rain is in the forecast.
The Cleveland office said rainfall "will likely exceed an inch" over most of its coverage area, which includes Lucas, Wood, and Hancock counties and counties east of those.