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Flooding Rain to Soak Gulf Coast at Midweek

People across the Deep South will be reaching for their umbrellas and raincoats during the middle of the week as heavy rain impacts the region.

This rain will be brought by a low pressure system sliding along the Gulf Coast, and eventually pushing off the Atlantic Coast of the Southeast late in the week.

Flooding can turn into a major issue with this system as it taps into an abundance of warm, moist air readily available in the Gulf of Mexico.

The heaviest rain is forecast to fall between Interstate 10 and Interstate 20, starting off in Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday morning, reaching southern Georgia by Wednesday evening, then advancing northward into the Carolinas on Wednesday night.

Anywhere between 1 and 3 inches of rain can fall along the southern fringe of this zone while lesser amounts are expected in areas farther to the north.

New Orleans; Gulfport, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Florida; Albany and Savannah, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina, will all be at risk of flooding from this storm due to the inches of rain forecast to fall in just a 24-hour period of time.

Some thunderstorms may be embedded in the shield of rain as it tracks eastward, but are not expected to produce any severe weather.

Anyone planning to travel across the Southeast on Wednesday or Wednesday night should anticipate delays, especially for those taking to the roads.

Torrential downpours can cause water to pond on roadways, resulting in slowed traffic and potential lane closures.

Hydroplaning may become an issue as well during the downpours. If you find yourself driving during one of these blinding downpours, you should drive slower and allow some extra space in-between you and the vehicle driving in front of you.

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Dry weather will return to a majority of the Gulf Coast for Thursday as the low pressure system tracks off the Atlantic Coast of the Southeast. However, some rain, and even snow, will fall over the Carolinas during the start of the day before tapering off.

This could result in some accumulating snow for cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, and possibly even Richmond, Virginia.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists currently believe that the storm will track out to sea before any winter weather reaches cities such as Philadelphia or New York City, but this could change if the system tracks just a few hundred miles farther north.

Be sure to check back with AccuWeather.com throughout the week for the latest information on this storm and the rain and snow that it will bring.