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Flooding Rain Likely in Florida Into Next Week

A slow-moving tropical area of low pressure could deliver flooding rainfall to a wide swath of Florida into the middle part of the upcoming work week, with well over a foot of rainfall possible in some spots.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) put a 20 percent chance of the system developing into a tropical cyclone in the next two days, as of late Saturday evening.

Two systems are combining to deliver a potentially life-threatening amount of rainfall. The first is a meandering and virtually stalled area of low pressure that may not move more than 100 miles between the northwest Floridian coastline and southern Alabama and Georgia over the next few days. The other is a weakening cold front dropping from the north that will provide an area of lift for the moisture, helping to ‘squeeze’ out extra moisture from a humid and unstable airmass flowing out of the Gulf of Mexico.

Here’s a look at the rainfall forecast, with purple-colored areas looking at the greatest potential for massive rain totals:

forecastDrier air works back into the picture by Wednesday as the cold front weakens and the low finally moves away. Stay weather aware in this region and be ready to seek higher ground on short notice, especially in flood-prone areas.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured photo: Clancy Gavin, Twitter

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