With a persistent wet and stormy pattern, flooding problems are likely in parts of storm-weary UK and Ireland and into western Europe next week.
A storm emerging from the Atlantic Friday will spread rain across the United Kingdom and into western Europe.
West-facing coasts are expected to feel the brunt of the wet weather with lesser amounts farther east, including cities such as Dublin and London.
As the Friday storm departs, showery weather will prevail into the first half of the weekend before another surge of moisture brings steadier rain Sunday.
By the early part of next week, a total of 5 to 8 cm (2 to 3 inches) of rain is expected along the west coasts of Ireland, Scotland and England as well as all Wales.
Flood waters pour into a residential street after the River Wansbeck broke its banks in Morpeth, England, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, as communities work to rescue stranded residents from their homes, after heavy rain caused flash floods across parts of the UK. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
The United Kingdom is not the only place bracing for flooding. Periods of rain are expected from northern Portugal to Spain and southern France through Saturday, then continuing into Switzerland and northern Italy for Sunday.
In the higher elevations of Spain could even get a few inches of snow Saturday as some colder air dips down.
The combination of an unusually wet December in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and more rain over the next several days will cause flooding in parts of the region. A very saturated ground will not be able to receive much more additional rain.
A seemingly unending train of storms has brought soaking rain to much of the region over the past month as well as high winds. Since Dec. 1, many locations have be soaked by rainfall that has been 150-200% of normal.
Many places in western Ireland have picked up close to 25 cm of rain since the start of December with 5-15 cm of rain in southern England. One of the wettest locations has been Bournemouth, where 28.5 cm (11.25 inches) of rain fell in December, 22 cm (9 inches) above average.
More rounds of showers and gusty winds are expected through at least the first half of January.
There were storms along the flight path, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
A storm and cold air forecast to develop at the end of 2014 and linger into the start of 2015 will deliver snow, rain and a frost or freeze to portions of California.
Rain, snow, and unseasonably cold conditions will impact much of the West through the upcoming week with the threat of slippery travel in parts of the Southwest by midweek.
Strong winds and rough seas hampered evacuation efforts as hundreds remain stranded aboard the Norman Atlantic ferry in the Adriatic Sea.
While colder air will flow into the Northeast this week, the lack of snow will continue through the end of December and the start of 2015.
A storm will continue to spread rain and disruptive snow farther to the east across eastern Europe Monday into Tuesday.
Eastern States (1992)
Freezing rain and sleet created icy roads over a large area from Virginia and washington, D.C. northward to eastern Pennsylvania, southeast New York, and southern New England.
Swisshome, OR (1998)
9.90" of rain in a 30 hour period.
Buffalo, NY (2001)
An amazing 26.2" more snow buried the city, bringing the 5 day total (at the airport) to 81.5". The previous record for an entire month was 68.4" in December, 1985. In addition, a new record snow depth was established at 44". All unnecessary travel was banned, and a state of emergency was declared by the governor.