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    Italy Flood Threat Renewed Through This Weekend

    By By Meteorologist Erik Pindrock
    November 24, 2013, 7:56:49 AM EST

    After dealing with deadly flooding from a storm earlier this week, another moisture-laden cyclone will track across Sardinia and the Mediterranean Sea through the weekend.

    An additional 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) of rain with some locally higher amounts is expected across Sardinia through the weekend.


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    Any further rainfall will only act to exacerbate the ongoing flooding problems. Meteorologist Krissy Pydynowski points out that flash flooding will be most likely "across the western coast of Sardinia, and especially where recent heavy rain has already triggered flooding or left the ground saturated and waterways swollen."

    Accompanying the rain will be gusty winds on the order or 25-50 kph (15-30 mph) with some higher gusts. The combination of a soggy ground, more rain, and gusty winds will make it easier for trees and rocks to become uprooted causing mudslides.


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    This latest cyclone will stall close to Rome on Saturday before drifting southeastward later in the weekend. Locations such as Rome and Naples can expect 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) of rain.

    Italy Rainfall Totals November 18-21

    City
    Rainfall in Millimeters
    Naples
    58
    Rome
    49
    Piacenza
    39
    Cagliari
    35
    Athinai
    33
    Perugia
    32

    Temperatures across Sardinia and much of central Italy will average a couple to a few degrees cooler than average for latter November thanks to the added cloud cover.

    By early next week, the cyclone should finally move far enough away giving many areas across the central Mediterranean a break from the heavier rain. However, leftover moisture and cold air moving southward behind the storm may allow for snow in the mountains of eastern Italy as well as across Romania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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