Soaking Rains Raise Flood Concerns in the South

By , Senior Meteorologist
May 6, 2013; 8:40 AM ET
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Soaking rain will continue its slow journey from the Tennessee Valley into the Carolinas through Monday, ruining outdoor plans and heightening concerns for flash flooding.

The steadiest rain through Monday will be centered from the North Carolina coast into Indiana with thunder being limited to east of the Appalachian Mountains.

Cities in the path of this soaker include Greensboro and Charlotte, N.C., Roanoke, Va., Cincinnati, Ohio, Charleston and Parkersburg, W.Va.

Although this will be the main focus of the heavy rain, showers will extend as far west as Missouri and as far south as Alabama.

There is concern that the rain will pour down heavy enough to spark some incidents of flash flooding through Monday.

That is especially true in low-lying and poor drainage areas, as well as along the eastern slopes of the southern Appalachians and from northeast Georgia to southwest Virginia where the rain will total 2 to 4 inches.

Even where flooding does not result, residents and visitors can expect slow travel and spoiled outdoor plans.

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Disruptions from the weather could also continue after the steadier rain's passage with spottier showers and thunderstorms, not dry weather, following in its footsteps.

It is not just umbrellas that those across the South and Mid-Atlantic will continue to pull out of the closet through Monday, but also jackets as the rain and accompanying clouds are holding temperatures significantly below typical early May highs.

Highs will be held to the 60s--even the 50s in the mountains--from Mississippi to the Ohio Valley, where 70s are much more common this time of year.

Further warming will occur on Tuesday when the storm delivering the rain begins to press across the Northeast, ending the current stretch of dry and sunny weather.

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