MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After a nice weekend, we will usher in a wet weather pattern in the Mid-South. An upper level low pressure system will strengthen in southeast Texas by mid-week. The flow around this weather feature will act as a fire hose for gulf moisture, which will cause high rainfall totals through the week.
TIMING: There will be scattered showers on Tuesday, but rain will become more widespread during the overnight hours. There will be on and off rain throughout the day on Wednesday, but the heaviest showers will arrive after sunset. Thursday is expected to be the wettest day with heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon and early evening. As the weather system moves east, rain will become lighter and more scattered by Friday afternoon. There will still be a chance for scattered showers next weekend, but rain chances will be much lower than during the week.
THREATS: Since rain is expected Tuesday through Sunday, flooding will be the biggest concern. There will be an estimated 2-4 inches of rainfall in areas of west Tennessee and north Mississippi, but some areas in eastern Arkansas could receive up to 6 inches of rain. The highest rainfall totals in our area will likely be in communities near Jonesboro.. The severe weather threat is low, but there could be a few isolated strong thunderstorms.
HOW TO PREPARE: You can expect rain throughout most of the week, so locate your rain gear and make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape. Also, you can track the rain on the interactive radar and get the hourly rain chances by using your WMC Action News 5 Weather App. We recommend making sure that your NWS Alerts and Lightning Alerts are turned on in the settings on the WMC Weather App. This will assure that any watches and warnings get sent straight to your phone.
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