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More Rain, Storms Houston to Atlanta and for Mardi Gras

Even though the system that brought heavy rain and destructive tornadoes to part of the South was exiting the Northeast Monday, it failed to clean out the atmosphere.

The doorway remains open for a pipeline of storms to roll out from the Southwest to the Northeast over the next few weeks.

Another storm is already in the works for the middle of the week.

That storm will first bring snow to parts of the southern Plains, as well as the Ohio Valley and then the mid-Atlantic. However, it will also continue the drenching rain and locally strong storms across the South.

While portions of Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida will benefit from the rainfall, other areas in the South will run the risk of urban and stream flooding, as well as poor travel conditions on the highways and delays at major airport hubs.

Drenching rain will affect New Orleans, Houston, Mobile, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, S.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and Savannah, Ga.

Portions of the South received between 1 and 6 inches of rain over this past weekend. An additional 1 to 3 inches of rain are possible as the storm moves along from west to east into Wednesday. A few locations can receive a bit more.

The storm system moving across the South at midweek is not as intense as the system that brought severe thunderstorms and tornadoes over the weekend. However, a few storms along the I-10 corridor can be locally heavy and gusty.

Some rain will even settle southward across the Florida Peninsula later in the week. While rain is the last thing tourists want, it is needed in the Sunshine State.

The midweek storm will be more successful at clearing out the South from clouds and rain. However, yet another storm could reload the atmosphere a bit over the weekend. Depending on how quickly that new storm develops will determine how nasty weather conditions become in the Eastern states.