When will it rain again in south Louisiana? Maybe during LSU game Saturday _lowres

Graphic from National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Remember when that wet stuff called rain used to fall from the sky in south Louisiana? Apparently that phenomenon might happen again later this week.

Amid extreme drought conditions, the National Weather Service said Monday that forecast models "continue to indicate a relatively strong cold front moving into the area by the weekend.

"This is about the only real promise of rain that can be seen so far," according to its forecast discussion.

A "slight chance" of rain is mentioned in Friday night's forecast, followed by "a chance of showers and thunderstorms" Saturday and Sunday.

In the Baton Rouge area, there’s only been about 2.2 inches of rain since Sept. 1. That’s about five inches below normal. In the New Orleans area, the total is 2.72 inches of rain since Sept. 1. That’s about four inches below normal.

"It's daunting, to say the least," Louisiana state climatologist Barry Keim said this past Thursday.

The vast majority of the state is in extreme drought, with the drought center's worst classification — exceptional — covering all of Lincoln and Union parishes, and most of Claiborne, Bienville, Jackson and Ouachita parishes in north-central Louisiana.

He said the past 90 days have been the driest for this time of year since 1895 in northwestern and north-central Louisiana.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made farmers in 25 Louisiana parishes and 19 Mississippi counties eligible for drought disaster aid.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.