System causing flooding in Louisiana will impact Central Texas

Flooding in Milton, La. (KLFY Viewer Submitted Photo)
Flooding in Milton, La. (KLFY Viewer Submitted Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A tropical disturbance from the Gulf that is currently inundating south Louisiana with heavy rain is expected to make its way towards Central Texas, bringing the area its best chance of widespread rain since early July. A tropical system colliding with a stalled cold front is what usually causes heavy rain events in the Austin-area.

Rain chances are expected to steadily increase from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening, with periods of heavy downpours possible. The latest rain total forecast from the National Weather Service indicates some areas may receive 4-5 inches of rain in the next week.

The chance of rain will also help the area get out of triple digit heat, with Friday set to become the hottest day this year.

The heavy rain and widespread flooding in Louisiana led the governor on Friday to declare a state of emergency with more rain expected over the state through Saturday. Numerous rivers in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi were overflowing their banks and threatening widespread flooding after extreme rainfall, the National Weather Service reported.

A flood watch remains in effect until Saturday across most of south Louisiana. The weather service said in a statement that an additional 3 to 5 inches could fall over the area.

KXAN’s First Warning Weather Team will track the system and have all the changes on KXAN TV and KXAN.com. Make sure you have the KXAN Weather App so you can monitor the weather wherever you may be!

With additional reporting by the Associated Press

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