SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - 2016 is almost over. And the year looks to go out with a big soggy bang. A rain system is expected to soak the Southeast heading into New Year's weekend and early next week.
A low pressure system is expected to develop across the central U.S. on Saturday. Ahead of this system, winds will shift to southerly across South Mississippi, pumping in plenty of warm moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, priming the atmosphere for heavy downpours.
As Saturday wears on, heavy rain showers will spread across Louisiana and then late in the day, Mississippi. Unfortunately, the wet weather will almost certainly be in the area during New Year's Eve night, right when we ring in the new year.
On and off heavy rain showers are expected to stick around throughout the day on Sunday. And there could even be a few rumbles of thunder at times. On Monday, we will continue to see rounds of heavy rain. By the end of Monday, three to five inches of rainfall are expected over a widespread portion of South Mississippi.
Depending on how quickly the rain falls, flash flooding may become an issue in a few isolated areas.
"Area roadways may become submerged under floodwater over the course of Sunday and Monday," WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams advised on Friday. "It's important to have a plan for rain and to know alternate routes in case you run into a flooded roadway."
Local rivers are expected to rise due to the deluge of rainfall on Sunday and Monday.
"If the potential flood threat wasn't enough, we'll also be monitoring for the possibility of stronger thunderstorms, mainly on Monday," said Williams.
Remember to check the forecast as more details become available about our weekend rain potential.
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