MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Rain has moved into the Mid-South and will remain in the forecast through Saturday night. Due to this long extent of rain, flooding will be the major concern over the next week.
A FLOOD WATCH in effect for eastern Arkansas, West Tennessee, and northwest Mississippi through Sunday morning at 6 a.m. This watch includes Shelby County. This means that there is potential for flooding with 2-3 inches of rain expected in areas along and west of the Mississippi River, with locally higher amounts.
Upper-level winds will bring in a steady flow of Pacific moisture which will combine with a strong flow of Gulf moisture at the surface to produce torrential rain for many parts of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area this week and into the weekend.
TIMING: The first round of rain will develop late Tuesday and continue through the day Wednesday and into early Thursday. The threat for severe storms is low but the risk of flash flooding is high. Heavy rain will be on and off all day Wednesday, so expect delays for both the morning and evening commute.
Rain chances will be lower Thursday night and early Friday, but we will have another round of showers and storms late Friday through Saturday.
This round has to potential to produce an additional two to three inches of rain on what will be an already saturated surface posing the threat again for more flooding. We are also monitoring the potential for strong storms on Saturday.