By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
January 01, 2013
A slow-moving storm system will unload drenching rain from Louisiana to North Carolina and southeastern Virginia during New Year’s Day 2013.
There is the potential for enough rain to fall in a short period of time to lead to flash and urban flooding.
Cities that can be impacted by the slow-moving wall of rain include Baton Rouge, La.; Meridian, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, Ga., Greenville, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond, Va.
Downpours, poor visibility and an accumulation of water on paved and concrete surfaces will create a hazard for travelers along major highways, including I-10 , I-20, I-55, I-65 and I-85.
While much of Louisiana, Mississippi and northwestern Alabama do not need the rain, areas from southeastern Alabama, much of Georgia and the Carolinas could stand another soaking, even if it has to be around a holiday.
The bulk of the moisture from this particular storm fell south of the upper Mississippi watershed, but managed to reach part of the Ohio Valley and the winter wheat growing areas of the Plains.