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Rain Peppers Southeast to Ohio Valley

UPDATED 2:45 PM CDT, July 6, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Umbrellas and windshield wipers won`t get a break from the recent stretch of soggy weather in the Southeast and Tennessee Valley. A weather pattern in gridlock will bring more rain through the remainder of the weekend.

Flash Flood Watches and scattered Flash Flood Warnings continue from the Florida Panhandle and southern Mississippi to western Pennsylvania. This includes Pensacola, Fla., Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Huntsville, Ala., Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., Pittsburgh, Greenville, S.C., Asheville, N.C., and Lexington, Ky.

So far today, 2.98 inches pelted Niceville, Fla., at a Live Earth Networks Tracking Station with up to 2.15 inches in Covington, Ky., at a Live Earth Networks Tracking Station.

High pressure off the East Coast coupled with a slowly crawling low pressure moving east from the Midwest are both channeling Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic moisture northward. The moisture is being squeezed out as heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley.

As the low moves into the Ohio Valley on Sunday, the rain threat will shift slightly farther to the east. This will bring downpours to places like Charleston and Morgantown, W.Va., and Pittsburgh and Erie, Pa.

Another 1 to 2 inches will soak large stretches of the Gulf Coast with 2 to 2.50 inches pelting the eastern Tennessee Valley and central and southern Appalachians through the remainder of the weekend.

The pattern will break down a bit early next week, with showers becoming more widely scattered in the Southeast. At the same time, the rain threat will move back to the populated Interstate 95 corridor as the upper-low pivots towards the East Coast. Places like Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Hartford, Conn., will see a soggy work week start.

All this additional rain heading through the weekend will turn urban streets into rivers as the water overwhelms storm drains. It is also likely to cause smaller streams to overtop their banks. If you see water on the road, do not attempt to cross it as it is likely deeper than it appears. Remember, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown!"

The latest drought report shows the rain has chipped away considerably at the abnormally dry spell that was in place through much of the spring across the Southeast, with rainfall now above average in places like Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla. The rain heading back to the East Coast early next week comes on the heels of one of the wettest Junes in places like Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

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