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A soggy end to the week and a chance for flooding

Flood Watch for much of the Mid-South until Saturday morning Flood Watch for much of the Mid-South until Saturday morning

A low pressure system moving out of the Gulf coast is bringing a surge of warm moist air to the Mid-South. Heavy rain fell over much of Arkansas Thursday and more rain will spread farther east on Friday. The ground is already saturated from ice and snow over the last three weeks and rain from last weekend and the beginning of this week. Now more rain headed our way brings the possibility of flooding to parts of the Mid-South. By the time the system exits the area, it could produce one to two inches of rain. The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a Flood Watch for much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area that will remain in place through Saturday morning. 

Fortunately, this system brings with it warm air so temperatures will likely remain in the sixties meaning no concern for winter weather, but that warm air also has the ability to hold a tremendous amount of moisture. An additional one to two inches of rain on an already soaked surface could create issues for many flood prone areas. Periods of rain are likely through much of the day Friday into Friday night and now forecast models are indicating the possibility of rain continuing into Saturday. Rainfall may be heavy at times and may also be accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Once the rain finally exits the region we'll enjoy some of the best weather we've had in weeks. Sunshine should return by Sunday along with temperatures in the mid to upper sixties and that trend will continue into the beginning of next week. It's quite possible that the high temperature reaches seventy degrees on Monday, something we haven't seen since November of last year. Temperatures for much of next week will remain in the sixties, however, another chance for rain will return Wednesday night or Thursday. With this streak of warm weather after what has seemed like an never ending winter, many will want to start spring planting. One thing to keep in mind is that spring doesn't officially begin until Friday, March 20 and there could still be a slight chance for a final frost. The average last spring freeze date for Memphis is March 19 but we have had frost as late as April 10. Just something to keep in mind. Either way, I think we're all ready for some warmer weather and sunshine. 

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