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Continued Concerns for Flooding in the South

Soaking rain will continue its slow journey across the South through Monday, ruining outdoor plans and heightening concerns for flash flooding.

The steadiest rain through tonight will remain centered on areas from Georgia to central Kentucky, neighboring Indiana and central Illinois.

The rain will then slowly pivot to the northeast Sunday through Monday, spreading across the Carolinas and the eastern Tennessee Valley.

Cities that are or will soon be in the path of this soaker include Augusta and Atlanta, Ga., Chattanooga, Tenn., Bowling Green, Ky., Greenville and Columbia, S.C., and Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.

There is concern that the rain will pour down heavy enough to spark some incidents of flash flooding through Monday.

That is especially true in low-lying and poor drainage areas, as well as along the eastern slopes of the southern Appalachians and from northern Georgia to central Kentucky where the rain will total 2 to 4 inches.

Even where flooding does not result, residents and visitors can expect slow travel and spoiled outdoor plans--evident already when the rain band interfered with NASCAR festivities at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this weekend.

Disruptions from the weather could also continue after the steadier rain's passage with spottier showers and thunderstorms, not dry weather, following in its footsteps.

It is not just umbrellas that those across the South will continue to pull out of the closet through Monday, but also jackets as the rain and accompanying clouds are holding temperatures significantly below typical early May highs.

Highs will be held to the 60s--even the 50s in some areas--from the Carolinas to the lower Mississippi Valley on Sunday. Highs in the 70s and lower 80s are more common this time of year.

Temperatures will rebound some for Monday, but will still be held to the 60s in Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville and Montgomery.

Further warming will occur on Tuesday when the storm delivering the rain begins to press across the Northeast, ending the current stretch of dry and sunny weather.