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Renewed Flooding Potential Into the Weekend

The same storm responsible for feet of snow over the Rockies and record snow on the Plains will bring the risk of new flooding over part of the Midwest and South into Saturday.

A swath of 2- to 4-inch rainfall is forecast from southeastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin to Mississippi Friday and Saturday. There is the potential for some areas to receive a half a foot of rain during this time.

Enough rain will fall to cause flash, urban and small stream flooding and is likely to cause new rises on many rivers in the region. Water that was receding from low-lying, unprotected areas could take on water again.

Thundery rains will target the cities of Peoria, Ill., St. Louis, Memphis and others.

Levels remain high in many rivers from Missouri to Indiana from heavy rainfall earlier in April. In some cases, major flooding was still occurring along part of the lower Illinois River. Moderate flooding was still occurring along portions of the Upper Mississippi and Wabash rivers.

In the South, the Tennessee, Big Black and Pearl rivers were experiencing minor flooding problems due to rainfall that has occurred since the past weekend.

In the Midwest, warm, dry weather much of this week aided many farmers, allowing the soil to dry out enough to allow for plowing and planting operations in much of the eastern two-thirds of the Corn Belt. However, in much of the western third of the Corn Belt it just wasn't a long enough stretch to overcome the chilly, rainy conditions from prior weeks. In some cases farm equipment was stuck in the mud.

In the western part of the Corn Belt, snow fell to a depth of a half a foot or more Wednesday night and snow was reaching new areas Thursday and forecast to drift a bit farther to the east Thursday night.

Snow is not forecast to reach across the Ohio Valley, but it could touch part of the Deep South by early next week.

Downpours will continue to drench Florida into the weekend with the greatest risks being urban flooding and foiled vacation plans. However, the rain is greatly needed from an agricultural standpoint.

Dry conditions are forecast to resume over the Sunshine State later in the month and into June before turning around about midsummer. offers insight for the months ahead throughout the nation with its Summer 2013 Forecast.