November 19, 2009

Southeast Facing Wet Weekend

A developing storm system will draw moisture from the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days. Rain is expected to spread from Texas to the Carolinas by the end of the weekend.

Flooding rain is likely to begin across eastern Texas tonight and Friday. As the low pressure system moves along the Gulf Coast, the heaviest rain will also shift eastward.

Saturday, the heaviest rain will move eastward across the lower Mississippi Valley and towards the Florida panhandle.

Sunday, the storm will turn to the northeast, causing a soggy Sunday from Georgia to the mid-Atlantic states.

Many locations in the path of this storm will get at least 1 inch of rain, and there is the potential for several inches of rain to fall in a short amount of time.

West of the Mississippi River, ground water levels remain high from heavy rain which fell in late October. Meanwhile, areas farther east got excessive rainfall from Ida.

Flooding will be a big problem this weekend across much of the Deep South.

If there is good news to be found in this story, it is that mainly dry weather is expected to follow the storm system early next week.

For those planning to travel through the Southeast, the weather appears as though it will improve in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Story by Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

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