CNN Meteorologist Sarah Dillingham
Drenching rains, flooding, damaging winds, and tornadoes, oh my! The heavy rains promised to south Texas Thursday did not disappoint as at least 2-4”+ fell from Midland to Corpus Christi, Texas, causing numerous reports of flash flooding starting early Thursday morning and lasting into the late evening hours. Flash Flood Watches have expired for much of Texas as of 8:30 am CT, but a few areas remain under a watch through Saturday morning, including areas east of Houston and extending to New Orleans, LA. Much of the heavy rainfall has now moved offshore into the Gulf of Mexico but some heavy rain is still falling across southern Louisiana, which is prompting the flood watches.
I’d like to be able to tell you that the rest of this system will continue pushing into the Gulf of Mexico, but I can’t. This stubborn, slow-moving system will slide across the southern states into the weekend and hover over much of the Southeast through Mother’s Day weekend. Weekend rainfall amounts are expected to be 1-3” across southern Louisiana through Alabama on Saturday, and by Sunday amounts will range from 1-2”+ from southern Alabama through Georgia and Tennessee.
As we’ve said before, it may not be a welcome sight with respect to many of your weekend plans, but it will bring much needed rain to the Southeast, especially across the drought stricken areas of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Areas from southeastern Missouri to northern Ohio will also see some decent rain with another weak wave passing through, and those rainfall totals could range 2-4” as well.
Happy Mother’s Day!