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Flooding to Threaten Areas From New Orleans to Birmingham, Alabama

A storm will bring the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South.

Multiple rounds of drenching rain will swing northeastward from the north-central Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Low cloud ceilings and patchy fog may lead to minor flight delays from Houston and New Orleans to Nashville, Tennessee, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.

A general 1-2 inches of rain will fall in the swath from the upper Texas coast to northern Georgia. As much as 4 inches of rain is possible at the local level in this area.

While not enough rain will fall to cause major river flooding in the South, quick rises on small streams are possible and with flooding in low lying areas. Urban flooding is likely.

Check the start and stop times of rain, including when the most intense rain will arrive, using AccuWeather MinuteCast® for your location.

Motorists are urged to reduce speed during episodes of heavy rain, to reduce the risk of hydroplaning. Allow extra distance between vehicles, when traveling at highway speed.

While the pattern can deliver a few locally gusty thunderstorms, a tornado outbreak is not expected this time. However, the nature of this storm system will be to unload heavy rainfall from the Texas coast and lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Appalachians and Piedmont.

A few storms can become locally strong and gusty from the upper Texas coast to Louisiana and southern Mississippi on Saturday and from southeastern Louisiana to southern Alabama on Sunday.

Some rain will reach the mid-Atlantic region late this weekend into Monday. Minor flight delays are possible from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and perhaps New York City.

Aside from spotty showers, the swath from Florida to southeastern Georgia and the coastal areas of the Carolinas will avoid most of the rain during this weekend.

In the wake of the rain, more seasonable air will settle into the South during the first part of next week.