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    Gulf Coast Soaker This Weekend

    May 11, 2012; 10:49 AM ET
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    (Flickr Image of a Big Easy downpour by Editor B)

    After dropping widespread rainfall across Texas, a slow-moving storm will bring drenching rain to the Gulf Coast this weekend.

    Residents in New Orleans will be spending most of the Mother's Day weekend dodging raindrops. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain is likely in the Big Easy.

    Some of the rain over the lower Mississippi Valley could be heavy enough to cause flash and urban flooding incidents.

    Downpours will even reach as far north as portions of the Ohio Valley by Sunday.

    The central Gulf Coast region does not need the rainfall as desperately as Texas. However, portions of Florida continue to experience severe to exceptional drought conditions.

    The dark red areas on this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map indicate the worst drought areas.

    Along with the rain will come the potential for locally gusty thunderstorms. Fortunately, AccuWeather.com meteorologists do not expect any widespread severe weather outbreaks this weekend, including Mother's Day.

    On Sunday, the heaviest rain will begin to shift away from Louisiana towards portions of northern Florida that desperately need the rain.The hardest-hit drought areas may not get widespread rain until Sunday night and Monday.

    The widespread rainfall is expected to stay west of the TPC Sawgrass Golf tournament near Jacksonville, Fla.

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