February 1, 2010

A Stormy Week Ahead for the Southeast

Dry weather has returned to the Southeast following a major winter storm that dumped feet of snow in the mid-Atlantic.

However, this will be but a brief break before a storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico invades.

This storm will first target Florida today.

As the day progresses, rain will overspread the Sunshine State from southwest to northeast.

While the rain will not be particularly heavy, a few rumbles of thunder and flooding downpours can be expected in the southern portion of the state.

Tonight into Tuesday, drenching rain will head northward, enveloping the Southeast Coast.

The heaviest rain will inundate the Florida Peninsula through the coastal Carolinas, but those from southeastern Louisiana to southern Virginia can expect wet weather from this system.

As the moisture approaches North Carolina late tonight, subfreezing temperatures will allow freezing rain to leave a slick coating on roads.

The freezing rain will change over to rain as temperatures warm above freezing on Tuesday morning.

Colder air in place over Virginia will also allow snow to mix in with the rain as it overspreads the area on Tuesday afternoon

High pressure and dry weather will then take control over the Southeast during the middle of the week.

However, a storm set to drench the southern Plains on Wednesday will edge eastward into the Southeast late this week.

This system will bring another round of soaking rain. A wintry mix could even find its way into the same areas of the mid-Atlantic hit hard by last weekend's winter storm.

Following the recent bouts of heavy rain, many rivers in the Southeast are already running high. The combination of snowmelt and additional rain from this week's storms could lead to flooding problems.

By Katie Storbeck AccuWeather.com

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