It's not what residents of Louisiana wanted to hear in the forecast. The threat of more severe weather looming in the next 24 to 36 hours. But, that's what nature has planned for us according to forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center.

Most of the state has been placed in the "slight category" for severe weather for Wednesday. These storms will be generated by a passing cold front and low-pressure system that is expected to bring cooler and less humid conditions to the state by Thursday.

The primary threat of strong storms will be generally south of Alexandria to the coastal waters. Forecasters say damaging winds, small hail, and the threat of tornadoes will be possible as this system moves through. There will also be the threat of heavy downpours which could exacerbate flooding that was experienced in the round of storms that moved through parts of Evangeline and other parishes on Sunday. 

Forecast models suggest that the greatest threat for rain and storms will come from the west beginning late Wednesday morning with cities such as Lafayette and Lake Charles experiencing the worst of the weather late Wednesday afternoon into the nighttime hours.

By Thursday the storm system will have pushed east of the state and cooler conditions will prevail. The outlook for the remainder of the work week promises to be mostly sunny and mild.