NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Torrential down pours greeted most of us Saturday morning as several storm complexes continued to rotate around the deep trough to our west.
The Bayou and River Parishes were inundated early this morning with the heavy rain pushing into the region. Most areas in Terrebonne and Lafourche recorded at least an inch of rain since midnight with some locations officially reporting 1.5" to 2" in that time frame. The core of this round of rain is beginning to push east giving that region a break.
The north shore received more moderate rain with the New Orleans metro area pulling in just around an inch. Fox 8 is reports .97" while the airport sits right at an inch going into the noon hour.
Severe weather was cut off by the stronger storms off shore so all the special marine warnings actually helped to reduce inflow to inland storms making this more of a rain event than severe thunderstorm maker. The widespread nature of the rain and it's early start made it more difficult for severe thunderstorms to develop inland. The Storm Prediction Center places the region in a marginal risk for severe.
We are not completely done with the rain. We have very moist air still in place and potential for scattered to isolated storms to develop as we head into the afternoon. These storms still have the potential for gusty winds and heavy down pours. That's why the Flash Flood Watch will remain in place. The opportunity for isolated thunderstorms remains on Sunday, but coverage will be much less. The trough kicking these disturbances through our area will finally push a front through Sunday evening bringing with it the drier air giving us a chance to start the next week on a drier note.
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