It's going to be a stormy weekend across south Louisiana as a cold front moving through the area brings rain and thunderstorms, some of them possibly strong or severe, to Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The strongest storms could bring strong winds, heavy rainfall and frequent lightning. Rain is expected to begin Friday with increasing chances of thunderstorms on Saturday.

For Baton Rouge and New Orleans, one to three inches of rain is possible on Sunday which could raise water levels in some rivers and could create temporary accumulation of water in low lying areas, according to the National Weather Service office in Slidell.

Rainy weather is also in the forecast for Lafayette through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service Lake Charles.

An arctic air mass is expected to follow the front and could bring freeze or hard freeze conditions to south Louisiana by Thursday morning