Heavy Rain Threat This Week Regardless Of Tropical Development

The National Weather Service New Orleans/Baton Rouge office is warning of a heavy rain threat this week as the potential of tropical development hovers over the Gulf of Mexico.

Around two to six inches of rain is possible through Sunday, though areas along the coast could see more and the NWS warns that locally heavier amounts are possible.

The rain is thanks to a front that fell apart near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

"A surface trough of low pressure is developing over the northern Gulf of Mexico just offshore of the Florida Panhandle, where surface pressures have begun to fall over the past 24 hours," said National Hurricane Center forecaster Philippe Papin. "Gradual development of this system is possible if it remains offshore during the middle and latter part of the week as it drifts slowly over the northern Gulf of Mexico."

"Regardless of development, heavy rains will be possible along portions of the northern Gulf coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle over the next several days," Papin added.

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