Hurricane Ida could be dangerous Cat. 4 storm at landfall

Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 2:21 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 9:44 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - All eyes will be on Hurricane Ida this weekend which could be a potentially devastating storm for the Louisiana Gulf coast as it comes ashore on Sunday. Ahead of Ida we’ll see typical late August heat and a few showers and storms.

Overnight, there should be a few passing clouds, but no rain. If you’re staying out late tonight, it should be rather pleasant. Temperatures will not be pleasant, however. It will be warm and muggy with lows Saturday morning cooling to the mid 70s.

Over the upcoming weekend, it will be pretty nice. For one, it should not be as hot. Highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the lower to mid 90s. Saturday may however have some rain. I increased the rain chance to 30% for the day. It will be scattered in the afternoon. Sunday will remain at a 20% chance for a couple showers. If you’re planning anything outdoors, you should be good to go.

Monday will be our best shot to see any tropical impacts. I’ve got the rain chances at 40%. There may be a couple storms involved at times. The best chance of any rain or wind impacts will be farther east. So places like Natchitoches, or Minden should see higher wind gusts and rain. The farther to the west you go, the less of an impact it will be. Overall, there is not major threat to the ArkLaTex.

Tuesday will go back to a little more normal. The storm will have passed by this time, so the rain chances will be going down and the temperatures will come back up. I do expect a couple small showers in some areas, along with plenty of clouds sticking around. Some sunshine is possible in a few places. Highs Tuesday will be in the lower to mid 90s.

Wednesday will also be as per usual for early September. (Hard to believe this is where we are in the year, you know!) I expect plenty of sunshine with little to no rain on Wednesday. With lower rain chances, there should be higher temperatures. I think it will warm up to the mid 90s in the afternoon.

By the end of the week, the rain chances will stay nice and low. So, more sunshine and less cloud cover is expected. Temperatures will also get back up to the mid 90s for Thursday and Friday. Some pretty decent weather to round out the end of the week.

Now to the tropics! Hurricane Ida is moving through the Gulf of Mexico. Conditions are favorable for rapid strengthening and the forecast now calls for Ida to become a major hurricane before making landfall on Sunday. Potentially it could be at least a Category 4 storm with winds of 140mph at landfall. The most likely track takes it into Louisiana somewhere between Morgan City and Grand Isle. Once inland it is expected to turn to the north and eventually the northeast.

This track will put the ArkLaTex on the “drier” side of the storm. As discussed, we will not see any major impacts. Places along the storm and to the east will have higher impacts. There, they should see a lot of rain that should lead to flooding, strong winds, and even a tornado threat. Places in Mississippi and Alabama should have the tornado threat. Ida is a very strong storm that will cause a lot of havoc.

Have a great and safe weekend!

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