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    Renewed Flooding Potential Into the Weekend

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist
    May 06, 2013, 4:48:34 PM EDT

    The same storm responsible for feet of snow over the Rockies and record snow on the Plains will bring the risk of new flooding over part of the Midwest and South through Saturday.

    A swath of 2- to 4-inch rainfall is forecast across the mid-Mississippi Valley and much of the Tennessee Valley through the weekend.

    Enough rain will fall to cause flash, urban and small stream flooding and is likely to cause new rises on many rivers in the region. Water that was receding from low-lying, unprotected areas could take on water again.

    Runoff from melting snow will also cause rises on waterways across the Upper Mississippi River Basin.


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    Thundery rains through Saturday will target the cities of St. Louis, Nashville and Atlanta

    Levels remain high in many rivers from Missouri to Indiana from heavy rainfall earlier in April. In some cases, major flooding was still occurring along part of the lower Illinois River. Moderate flooding was still occurring along portions of the Upper Mississippi and Wabash rivers.


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    In the South, the Tennessee, Big Black and Pearl rivers were experiencing minor flooding problems due to rainfall that has occurred since the past weekend.

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    In the Midwest, warm, dry weather much of this week aided many farmers, allowing the soil to dry out enough to allow for plowing and planting operations in much of the eastern two-thirds of the Corn Belt. However, in much of the western third of the Corn Belt it just wasn't a long enough stretch to overcome the chilly, rainy conditions from prior weeks. In some cases farm equipment was stuck in the mud.

    In the western part of the Corn Belt, the storm responsible for the current flood threat to the east recently dropped a historic amount of snow for May.

    Showers and thunderstorms will continue to rattle Florida into the weekend with the greatest risks being urban flooding and foiled vacation plans. However, the rain is greatly needed from an agricultural standpoint.


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    Dry conditions are forecast to resume over the Sunshine State later in the month and into June before turning around about midsummer.

    AccuWeather.com offers insight for the months ahead throughout the nation with its Summer 2013 Forecast.

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