Following a string of warm, humid and stormy days in the southern United States, dry weather will settle over the area beginning on Wednesday.
A widespread 1 to 4 inches of rain fell this week from Texas to Kentucky, with localized amounts of 8 inches or more.
While a few more days of wet weather are in store, dry weather is on the horizon.
“A slow-moving series of storms will deliver daily rounds of torrential downpours to areas from eastern Texas to Florida and the Carolinas through at least Tuesday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.
“Although storms will continue to pound the Southeast, drier, less humid conditions will greet residents from Houston, Texas, to Little Rock, Arkansas and Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday.”
After a stagnant weather pattern allowed wet, unsettled conditions to linger over the region, change will come in the form of a strong cold front dropping through the area on Wednesday.
This boundary will push the moisture southward, allowing refreshingly drier air to filter in from the north.
However, “the Florida Peninsula could see substantial rain and thunderstorms through Friday, putting a significant dent in the drought,” Elliott said.
The pleasant conditions are expected to stick around.
“The jet stream, a fast river of air high in the atmosphere, will shift far to the north, allowing sunshine and drier conditions to prevail across much of the southern United States into next week,” Elliott said.
Many communities along the White and southern Mississippi rivers will welcome the extended dry period, as they are facing the threat of heightened water levels. Several gauges in eastern Arkansas were at minor flood stage as of Sunday.
The highest rain totals from the past week spread from Jackson, Mississippi, southward through southern Louisiana. On Sunday, the Mississippi River was at moderate flood stage at several points in the area.
“The upcoming extended period of dry conditions will finally give the Mississippi River and its tributaries a chance to gradually recede,” Elliott said.
“Many locations still experiencing flooding can expect waters to finally fall below flood stage by the early to middle portion of next week.”