Hurricane Willa, a major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale has made landfall. The storm crossed the coast in Western Mexico about 50 miles south of Mazatlan as a Category 3 storm. Since landfall late yesterday the storm has already weakened to tropical depression status.

So, what does a Mexican hurricane have to do with weather in South Louisiana? Well, over the next few days, everything. A good bit of the moisture from Willa will become intertwined with a developing non-tropical low-pressure over the Western Gulf of Mexico over the next 24 to 36 hours.

This moisture added to the instability in the atmosphere will bring soaking rains to the area beginning later today. Forecasters are saying there's a 30% probability of rain,  later this afternoon, a near 100% chance of rain, heavy at times tonight, and a 90% chance of soaking rains on Thursday.

Forecast models are in agreement that most of South Louisiana will see at least an inch to two inches of precipitation over the next day or so. Isolated amounts could be closer to four inches before the rainmakers eventually move out of the area by Friday.

By this weekend skies across the region should be mostly sunny and temperatures will exactly what you'd wish for when it comes to fall weather. The afternoons will be sunny and warm and the evenings will be crisp and cool.


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