Weather Blog: A real southern soaker - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Weather Blog: A real southern soaker

European forecast model of estimated rainfall through Sunday European forecast model of estimated rainfall through Sunday
It has been said that "April showers bring May flowers." If that's the case, then there should be flowers everywhere when the month of May arrives. A series of upper level disturbances will move one after the other across the southern states over the next several days. Between now and Sunday evening that will add up to a lot of rain for the southeastern U.S. and the the Mid-South. 

The latest forecast models continue to show this steady pattern of rain from eastern Texas to the mid Atlantic states for the remainder of the week through the weekend. The heaviest precipitation will be along with Gulf Coast of Louisiana,  Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle, but periods of heavy rain will still fall farther north including the WMC Action News 5 coverage area. The European forecast model is indicating as much as 2 to 5 inches of additional rainfall for parts of the Mid-South from Wednesday through Sunday. A few severe storms are possible along the Gulf Coast. It's possible that we could see a hand full of severe storms in the Mid-South. but the main concern is for heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding.

We'll likely see periods of heavy rain Wednesday with a bit of a break in the action Thursday. Then, as another disturbance approaches the area Friday, more rain and thunderstorms are likely. Saturday and Sunday will have periods of scattered rain and thunderstorms as well. The ground is saturated after the heavy rain Monday so additional rainfall will struggle to be absorbed into the ground. This is where our threat for flash flooding comes into play. Areas that are typically prone to flooding during periods of heavy rain will be subject to the greatest threat. During heavy downpours, other parts of the Mid-South could experience temporary street flooding or overflow from local streams, creeks, and drainage ditches. 

Should you encounter a street that is flooded it is best to turn around and find another route. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a car off the road. The other hazard is the potential for washed out roads which could put you and your passengers in danger. Remain vigilant and use caution while driving during periods of heavy rain. If you live in a flood prone area, have a plan ready in the event of flash flooding.  Fortunately, a drier pattern will emerge by the beginning of next week, but in the meantime, we have a lot of rain to get through first. 
Powered by Frankly