Storm moving eastward brings flooding, some drought relief, to Texas
Up to Half of a Foot of Rain Soaking Deep South
By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
January 09, 2013; 8:09 PM
Short-range forecast details for the Deep South.
Heavy rain soaking portions of the Deep South will lead to localized flash flooding concerns into Thursday.
The heaviest rain is spreading from eastern Texas into Louisiana Wednesday night. Into Thursday, rain will deluge portions of Arkansas, western Mississippi and western Tennessee.
Generally, 3-5 inches of rain are in store from eastern Texas through much of Louisiana and Arkansas. Local amounts of 5-7 inches are possible.
Widespread flash flooding is not anticipated.
"I think since this area has not seen substantial rainfall recently, the risk is not as high," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
However, where 5 inches of rain falls over the course of 12 hours, there can certainly be localized flooding, according to Kottlowski. Places that usually deal with flooding such as under passes and poor-drainage areas are at risk.
More than 5.0 inches of rain was unleashed in some cities and towns across central Texas Tuesday into Wednesday, resulting in flooding issues. Numerous roads were closed in San Antonio due to high water on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, the rain is beneficial for drought-stricken communities.
Some Texas cities and towns, including San Antonio received as much rain from this storm as the total rainfall from October through December 2012.