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Flooding Rain Continues To Target Miss., Tenn. Valleys

UPDATED 9 PM CST, January 13, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A cold front separating an Arctic blast from warm, spring-like weather is crawling eastward through the Mid-South. Thunderstorms and flooding rain continue to mark its path as it marches to the East.

Temperatures in the 60s and 70s ahead of the front are clashing with 20s and 30s in the Mississippi Valley. This is leading to thunderstorms and heavy rainfall that are tapping into moisture-rich air rolling off the Gulf of Mexico. This rain, falling on top of an already saturated ground, is leading to flooding from the Ohio Valley to the lower Mississippi Valley.

As the front becomes more oriented to the east and west on Monday, a swath of heavy rain will plague an area from the Virginia coast to the southern Appalachians and central Gulf Coast. Here, 1 to 2 inches of additional rainfall could pelt the ground by Monday evening, only further soaking the already saturated ground. Places like Memphis and Jackson, Tenn., which got 2 inches of rain on Wednesday and Thursday could be the first to experience flooding problems.

Flash Flood Watches and Flood Watches already stretch from Louisiana to northwestern Pennsylvania. Remember, if you come across a flooded roadway, it`s best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

An additional wave of lighter rain will also move across the same areas on Tuesday before high pressure finally moves into the Southeast on Wednesday to bring a much-needed drying trend.

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