By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
Aug 19, 2012; 4:37 PM ET
Soaking showers and thunderstorms will continue to stream across the Deep South into Monday, creating headaches for travelers and threatening to spark flash flooding.
As tropical moisture continues to be drawn northward from the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the stage is set for drenching showers and thunderstorm to keep invading the Deep South through Monday.
The moisture is being drawn away from a feature that the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center states cannot be ruled out for possible tropical development.
While downpours are possible anywhere along the Gulf and Southeast coasts into Monday, the central Gulf Coast is where the most numerous heavy showers and thunderstorms will rumble tonight. This includes New Orleans, La., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla.
That zone will expand eastward across northern Florida on Monday, encompassing Tallahassee and Jacksonville.
The potential exists for places from eastern Louisiana to northern Florida to pick up an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain tonight and Monday. Flash flooding is a concern, especially where the ground received a thorough soaking over the weekend.
Even where flash flooding does not ensue, headaches await travelers.
The downpours will greatly reduce visibility for motorists and cause water to pond on roads, which heightens the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds. Airline passengers should prepare for flight delays.
Beyond Monday’s soaking, additional showers and thunderstorms will stream into northern Florida as the storminess eases along the central Gulf Coast.