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Soaking rain to stretch from Texas to the Appalachians late this weekend

Rainy weather will drench the south-central and southeastern United States late this weekend and into early next week.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson, "A slow-moving front will be the focal point for locally heavy rainfall from the southern Plains to the Southeast [Sunday into Monday]."

Spotty showers and drizzle will precede the more soaking rain event and could dampen parts of the Tennessee and lower Mississippi valleys on Saturday; however, the day will not be a washout by any means.

The main event will begin on Sunday as a swath of rain is forecast to set up from San Antonio to Dallas and the southern Appalachians.

Roadways could be slick at the onset of rain due to oil from motor vehicles creating a slippery glaze.

The heaviest rain will likely focus across the Gulf Coast states late Sunday into Monday, with lighter rain stretching to the Carolina coast.

Those heading back to work Monday morning should anticipate a slower-than-normal commute due to heavy downpours and ponding on roadways.

A few embedded gusty thunderstorms are also possible especially near the Gulf Coast, but widespread severe thunderstorms are unlikely.

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Localized flooding could also be a concern in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

"While widespread flooding is not anticipated, areas that see more persistent heavy rainfall and thunderstorms could experience flooding," Thompson explained.

A surge of mild, springlike air ahead of this system will allow for all rain even in the higher elevations.

Thompson added that conditions would be too warm for snow across the Appalachians Sunday into Monday, with daytime highs expected to be in the 40s and 50s F.

A system expected to develop along this front will shift the heaviest rain into the southeastern coast and mid-Atlantic by Tuesday.

This is the same system that could develop along the East coast and bring accumulating snow to parts of the Northeast at midweek.

While this rain could put a damper on any late weekend outdoor activities, it will be beneficial in some respects.

This rain will likely be the first measurable rainfall of the month for cities such as San Antonio and Dallas.

Typically, over an inch of rain has fallen in both of these cities at this point in February.