At least three separate regions of the country are at a higher risk of flooding over the course of the next three days. Heavy rain has already caused urban flooding in New Orleans Saturday where parts of the South continue to see flooding potential. The second area we’re watching is across the southwestern Plains. Finally, the West has a chance of flash flooding due to the monsoon-fueled thunderstorms.
New Orleans and a few other parts of southeastern Louisiana saw flash flooding Saturday after as much as four inches of rain fell in a short amount of time. Most of the flooding was across the urban area where water does not drain as easily. Most storm reports were for minor flooding along certain roads and in people’s yards. The other area we’re closely watching into Sunday is Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Flash flooding will be more likely for Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas as we continue through the weekend because of repeated storms carrying heavy rainfall. Along with the heavy rain, these storms will also carry dangerous lightning and some strong wind. Isolated power outages will be possible. Be mindful of flooding and give yourself extra time when traveling. Please avoid any of the high water!
A slow-moving front will be draped from Wyoming to New Mexico, to Oklahoma and Tennessee, finally to the eastern coastline for the next few days. This will be the focus of showers and thunderstorms, most likely in the afternoon and evening, some packing some heavy rainfall. The rainfall forecast you see above shows the wettest/stormiest locations through Tuesday. We will provide updates as necessary and we appreciate you turning to WeatherNation for the forecast on impacting events such as this.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier