Significant rainfall is expected in south Louisiana later this weekend as a low pressure system off the coast draws in additional moisture from rain bands associated with Category 5 Hurricane Patricia hitting Mexico Friday.
The National Weather Service forecasts from four to five inches of rain in the Baton Rouge area over the next five days, with the possibility of even more for areas south, including New Orleans and Lafayette.
The bulk of the heavy rainfall is expected to occur Sunday through Tuesday morning as a low pressure system moves northeast and east along the Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts.
The Weather Service warns that although this rainfall will help alleviate the drought conditions, it is possible persistent heavy rain bands could produce localized areas of flooding.
In addition to the heavy rain threat, strong southeast winds are likely to produce higher tide levels that could result in minor coastal flooding, and conditions will be hazardous for small craft across the marine area.