NEW ORLEANS — Barry continues to weaken today as it moves over Arkansas. We will still see bands of rain move over SE Louisiana as they wrap into the main low of Barry in Arkansas. Some of the rain could become briefly heavy and we could pick up an additional 1-3" of rain in a few places today. Watch out for some flash flooding mainly on the Northshore to Baton Rouge.
A Flash Flood Watch continues through this morning for 2-4 inches of rain under the heavy bands.
And finally, some minor coastal flooding will likely continue tonight as south winds keep waters pushed up along the coast and lake shores. A Coastal Flood Advisory stays in effect until 7 a.m. Monday for waters 1-2 feet above ground level.
We will finally start to return to a more normal weather pattern on Tuesday. The sunshine will return with a few afternoon showers and storms. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s.
A mid and upper-level ridge of high pressure will build over us Wednesday through Friday. Each day will be partly cloudy, hot and humid with a few afternoon showers and storms. High temperatures will be in the mid 90s.
Rivers update: Northshore rivers are no longer forecast to swell to flood stage. Levels will rise some early this week, but significant impacts are not expected. The Mississippi river at New Orleans is back to 16.3 feet and is forecast to continue steady near 16 feet through Friday. By the end of July, it could fall to near 15.5 feet, which is the trigger point to begin closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway.