More storms Tuesday, Wednesday then blast of cold air coming to south Louisiana _lowres



The booming Monday morning storms in Louisiana are long gone, and the cooler air has settled in.

But Tuesday night will bring another round of storms -- though unlikely to be as strong as Monday's -- followed by another blast of cold air, according to the National Weather Service.

Starting Tuesday night and spilling into Wednesday, there's an 80 percent chance of storms capable of dumping an inch of rainfall in the area. The rain is forecast to be "steady ... with embedded thunderstorms," the NWS said.

Once this next round of storms clears, colder air will dig into the area Thursday for New Year's Eve. In Baton Rouge and Lafayette, lows Thursday-Saturday nights will range from the upper 30s to mid 40s. In New Orleans, lows those days will be in the low-to-mid 40s.

The storms that blew through early Monday morning knocked out power to 10,000-plus residences and businesses across the state. Baton Rouge picked up about an inch of rain in an hour and saw a max wind gust of 36 mph at Metro Airport.

In New Orleans, Armstrong International Airport recorded a wind gust of 43 mph.