The weather conditions that led to widespread flooding in Houston on Monday isn’t heading toward Baton Rouge, and while there is some rain in the expected for later in the week, forecasters are predicting mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures for two large music festivals.
Some areas of Houston by midday Monday had reported more than 17 inches of rain within 24 hours with more rain on the way Monday night. But, that weather system is going to stay to the west of Baton Rouge, the National Weather Service reported.
By Monday afternoon, the heavy rain-producing weather system was moving to the northeast towards the Ohio River valley. Rain expected for southeast Louisiana later this week is the result of a separate cold front that will move through the area, said Phil Grigsby, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Slidell.
“It’s going to be fast moving so the rainfall will be generally one inch or less,” he said.
Although there are chance of rain starting Tuesday night, the highest chance for rain and thunderstorms comes on Thursday at 50 percent for Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The chances are higher in Lafayette with possible thunderstorms starting Monday afternoon and running through Thursday night.
The weather should be pleasant for people planning to attend the Jazz Festival in New Orleans or Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette. Skies are expected to be mostly sunny and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.
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