Weekend Stormy Weather Threatens Travel in South

November 25, 2011; 4:10 PM ET
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A new round of soaking rain and thunderstorms destined for the South will first spread through areas from Texas to Missouri tonight.

Fortunately, the threat for these thunderstorms to become severe and cause damage appears lower than it did earlier this week. Most of the rain will actually be welcomed, as much of the southern U.S. remains in an extreme drought.

That does not, however, mean the stormy weather will come without problems.

Many people will be traveling home from their Thanksgiving destinations this weekend and could encounter delays as a result of the quick-hitting stormy weather.

While the threat is low, thunderstorms could become severe in a few locations and produce damaging winds.

Southern Plains, Lower and Mid-Mississippi Valley at Risk through Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms will overspread areas from Texas into Oklahoma Friday night, while rain encompasses areas farther northeast into Missouri and Iowa.

Dallas and Austin, Texas, as well as Oklahoma City, Okla., are included in areas where stormy weather will reign Friday night. Kansas City will also be affected by rain.

Throughout the day Saturday, thunderstorms will intensify as they advance farther south and east, affecting Houston, New Orleans, Jackson, Miss., and Little Rock, Ark.

Airport delays and slow traffic are likely to develop.

It is areas from southeastern Texas into Louisiana and southern Mississippi where thunderstorms would have the highest chance of becoming severe. Damaging winds would be the main threat.

In some locations, thunderstorms will also be heavy enough to cause flooding in urban and low-lying areas. Remember never to drive on a roadway covered with water. Doing so can put your life at risk.

AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski has details on the rain that is in store for areas farther north across the Midwest.

Stormy Weather Spreads through Southeast Saturday night into Sunday

Soaking rain and thunderstorms will march farther east Saturday night, spreading through areas from Tennessee to Mississippi and Alabama.

The storm system is expected to slow down a bit during the day Sunday with thunderstorms not likely to push through Georgia and northern Florida until later in the day or at night.

From there, timing is uncertain as to when the stormy weather will further advance through Florida and into the Carolinas.

If the storm picks up speed Sunday night, the stormy weather will move through the rest of Florida and the Carolinas late Sunday night into Monday. If the storm slows down further, however, it may not be until Tuesday that this happens.

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