Heavy rain and possible flooding on the way

Heavy rain and possible flooding on the way

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Rain and lots of it will move into the Mid-South by Tuesday afternoon as a storm system develops over the western Gulf of Mexico and move north.

Abundant moisture will surge in from the south along a warm front. This will bring widespread rain and a few storms into north Mississippi late Tuesday morning and then spread across the entire area by Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy rain will continue Tuesday night into early Wednesday. The radar could look like the image below by 3:30 p.m.

Rain totals will range from 1-3 inches through Wednesday morning. Some areas could see up to 4 inches where the heavier bands set up.

This could lead to street flooding in some areas. Streams and rivers could also swell and cause problems on any nearby roads.

Another round of rain will move in Thursday night and continue off and on through Saturday. Flooding will again be a concern with the grounds already saturated.

We’ll also need to watch already swollen rivers for higher crests and flooding. The Mississippi River will stay at or above flood stage in most areas for the next two weeks.

Week-long rain totals will range from 3-6″ across the Mid-South. The highest amounts of rainfall will depend on where the heaviest bands set up and if they train across the same areas.

The weekend storm system could push temperatures to 70 degrees on Saturday. This warm, unstable air could lead to possible strong or severe storms during the day.

It’s too early for exact details, but we will keep an eye on the potential. Stay with the first alert weather team for future updates.

Spencer Denton WMC Action News 5 Meteorologist

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