Zack: Storm chances ramp up for the weekend

Much-needed rain returns to the forecast
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 6:12 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It’s finally time for some rain, but unfortunately those higher rain chances are set to move in for the weekend.

Expect Saturday to be the transition day to a stormier pattern that will continue over the next several days. About a 40 percent storm coverage will develop this afternoon as daytime heating kicks in. Even though we will have extra clouds and those pop-up downpours, highs still will top out around 90.

The second half of the weekend looks to be the wetter of the two days, as storms are likely Sunday. Some of the storms could be strong, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds. The storms might arrive a bit earlier on Sunday, with rain chances ramping up in the late morning into the afternoon. The good news is that Sunday’s high will be held down into the low 80s.

Storms will be around each day next week and, given the pattern, it’s hard to time out when the busier periods will be. A southwest flow aloft usually yields quite a bit of storm activity for us, so it’s something to watch for most of next week. There are signs we might have a cool front visit Thursday, sending rain chances even higher, before we experience a nice stretch with lower humidity Friday into next weekend.

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