Severe Storms, Heavy Rain to Soak Gulf Coast Dec 16, 2017

Strong thunderstorms and blinding downpours will impact cities along the Gulf Coast Sunday through Monday.

A developing storm system will track along a stationary front where slow moving thunderstorms will develop.

Cities along the Gulf Coast can expect heavy downpours to begin early Sunday and last through Monday.

A southerly wind will transport a copious amount of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico leading to several inches of rain in certain spots.

There will also be a severe component to the storm system both Sunday and Monday.

Storms both days may contain damaging wind gusts and perhaps an isolated tornado along the immediate coast where a “marginal” risk of severe storms exists.

Storms will be strongest Sunday afternoon through midday Monday.

Thunderstorms will likely track over the same cities where the front stalls.

This could lead to rainfall totals exceeding 2-4 inches. Localized urban and poor drainage flooding is possible.

The heaviest rain will be confined to the immediate Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Mobile. A secondary focus of heavy rain will stretch from much of Texas through Arkansas.

The rain comes at a great time as drought conditions have worsened.

The southeast should expect drier and warmer weather toward the end of the week.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos

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