MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service Office in Memphis issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area and the Mid-South.
The watch will go into effect Thursday afternoon and remain in place until Saturday evening.
Rain is expected to redevelop late Thursday afternoon and continue through the overnight hours and through the day Friday with more rain Saturday. This will fall on an already saturated ground from rainfall from this past weekend and Tuesday and Tuesday night.
Rainfall ending Wednesday morning ranged from nearly 2 inches of rain at Memphis International Airport to 2 to 3 inches of rain over the rest of the area as much as 4 inches of rain in parts of Northeast Mississippi.
That alone created flooding in many areas and with less than a day to dry out the potential for more significant flooding is likely.
Remember, a FLASH FLOOD WATCH means that rapid flooding is possible. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING means that flood is occurring.
Stay weather aware as the next round of heavy rain gets set to move into the Mid-South and remain aware through the weekend.
Should a flood warning be issued for your location have a plan in place that includes moving to higher ground and avoiding flooded areas at all cost.
Never try to cross a flooded road and stay away from streams, creeks, culverts, and drainage ditches where high volumes of water are moving rapidly.
Be sure to download the WMC First Alert Weather app to your smartphone or iPad. It’s FREE and will give you access to any watches or warnings posted for your location, interactive radar to track the rainfall, hour by hour forecast, and special videos and updates from the First Alert Weather Team.