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Weekend Severe Threat Looms for South

Just days after over a dozen tornadoes ripped through Louisiana and Mississippi, another round of severe weather could create travel troubles in the same region of the country this weekend. A cold front moving through the South will kick up showers and thunderstorms out ahead of it, some of which could turn severe on Saturday and Sunday. 12-26 saturday severe Fortunately, this weekend’s severe risk doesn’t appear to be as potent as the one that triggered 14 tornadoes on Tuesday, killing four people in southern Mississippi. However, an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out this weekend, especially right along the Texas and Louisiana coasts where the warmest air will be drawn in from the Gulf of Mexico. The primary risks associated with these storms will be the potential for straight-line wind damage, although even storms of this caliber will likely be more isolated in nature. The primary risk for the South this weekend will be the potential for flooding. After rainfall totals amounted to over eight inches in some spots last week, the ground is saturated and flood potential is high, particularly for southern parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Rainfall totals aren’t expected to be nearly as high as they were this week, but isolated amounts of three to five inches cannot be ruled out, which would likely lead to flooding. Flood watches have already been posted by the National Weather Service for this weekend for much of Louisiana and extreme southern Mississippi. 12-26 flood watch Travel could be tricky for motorists using portions of I-10, I-20, I-55 and I-69 in the South. Delays could hamper holiday travelers at Houston’s Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental airports and at New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Airport, especially if a storm moves through these areas. Air travel concerns are more likely in both cities on Saturday. Stay tuned to WeatherNation all weekend long for the latest on the severe weather potential. Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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