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Rain and Storm Chances Continue Along the Gulf Coast

10 Feb 2021, 6:00 am

A long, stalled out front  continues to bring heavy rain and thunderstorm chances to the Gulf Coast States through the next several days. Pockets of torrential rain are likely along with a few stronger thunderstorms, but the overall severe weather threat is low.

On Wednesday afternoon, storms will be widely scattered as the front weakens and becomes more diffuse. Most of these will start along the I-10 corridor and drift to the north throughout the late afternoon and evening. Heavy rain will be possible at times.

By Thursday morning a low pressure center will form in north Mississippi, with heavy rain likely north of the warm front in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. A broken line of rain and thunderstorms will also form along the cold front. This will provide a focus for some stronger thunderstorms to form especially in the afternoon.

By Friday the front will be creeping toward the coast, but a secondary area of heavy rain and thunderstorms will form in east Texas and Louisiana due to upper level moisture coming up from the Pacific.

As mentioned above, we are not really looking at an organized severe weather event but some thunderstorms may be strong. This is most likely where there is a big clash between the air masses. We’re talking a 30° temperature gradient ahead and in front of the boundary. Gusty winds in excess of 40 mph will be the biggest hazard with any strong storm.

Forecast Accumulation

Rainfall accumulations will be highest along the stalled out front where rain may train over the same spots for a longer duration of time. Our in-house forecast model is looking at isolated totals of 3″ to 4″ through Friday with widespread 1-2″ rain totals. There could be isolated flooding concerns in areas that tend to flood easily.

For the latest information on the rain side of this event be sure to tune into WeatherNation, we’re streaming 24/7.

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Kara has always been passionate about weather and knew from an early age that she wanted to become a meteorologist. Living in different regions of the country and experiencing weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes drove her to pursue a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout college, storm chasing became a regular event for Kara, where she saw fir... Load Morest-hand the power of the atmosphere. Kara graduated cum laude from OU and decided to further her meteorology education with a Master's degree from Mississippi State University. The deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak struck while Kara was studying at MSU; her first “Dixie Alley” tornado event and an up close glimpse into the destruction of the storms she so closely studied. Her broadcast career began in Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, where she earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. Kara's career has included coverage of all types of severe weather including tornado events, flooding and tropical systems across multiple southern states. Recently she helped cover the 2020 Easter Sunday deadly tornado outbreak in southeast Mississippi. In her free time, you can find Kara outdoors exploring new areas with her mini poodle,Truffles. Kara is also an avid runner and frequently races in 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.