Drenching rain and thunderstorms continue to slide across parts of the Southeast, impacting some football games in the region.
The combination of tropical moisture spreading up from the Gulf of Mexico and an approaching cool front from the west brought heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Southern states on Saturday.
The rain and storms slid along at a steady pace over the lower Mississippi Valley this weekend, but will slow and stall along the Gulf coast and southern Georgia for the early part of the week.
A large part of the South Central states may receive between 1 and 4 inches of rain with the potential for more where the front stalls and a storm system forms along the front.
Rain is needed in parts of the South, despite a very wet first half of the summer in many areas.
But the timing of this rain could impact football games of all levels through Sunday.
Showers and thunderstorms are in the offing for tailgating at the Giants/Panthers match up at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday. The rain could break off in time for the game.
LP Field in Nashville will have dry weather through Sunday afternoon, where the Chargers take on the Titans. This drying will follow over 1.50 inches of rain that fell early on Saturday morning.
Sunshine and low humidity are forecast over Dallas on Sunday afternoon for the Rams and Cowboys game.
Rain is forecast for tailgating at New Orleans on Sunday prior to the Cardinals/Saints game. This will add to the 2.80 inches of rain that fell during the day on Saturday.
Wet weather looks to trail along the front into Monday, bringing more downpours to the Gulf Coast.
According to Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, three NFL games were delayed by the weather in the first two weeks of regular season football.
"The Thursday night season opener at Denver, Colo., on Sept. 5, and the games on Sunday, Sept. 15, during the afternoon at Tampa, Fla., and later that evening at Seattle, Wash., were all delayed by lightning," Pydynowski said.
Content in this story was contributed by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Courtney Spamer.
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