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Flood Watch Issued For The Weekend Ahead Of Heavy Rain

Seven-day local weather forecast for Feb. 11 through Feb. 17

Many rivers and streams are still running at elevated levels from the recent rainfall, and flooding will become increasingly likely tonight through Sunday night.

However, the heavy rain expected to continue until Saturday evening has prompted a flood watch for most of the area except southern Maryland until 12 a.m. Monday.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed all of south and most of central Alabama under a marginal risk of severe weather both today and Sunday. A couple could verge on the side of strong with gusty wind between 30 to 40 miles per hour being the main threat. If all of this snow melts during the peak of this rain event, this will greatly increase the chances for flooding.

Forecasters said cold front is expected to approach Middle Tennessee on Friday night and stall Saturday across the area.

"We could potentially have basically a whole month's worth in just a few days", said Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Mount Holly. We will kickoff the week with a slight cool down on Monday. Showers and thunderstorms will be widespread as this front moves through tomorrow. The high will be near 56 degrees. On Tuesday an easterly flow will setup. Highs will warm into the 50s. We will experience a big warm-up into the 70s on Wednesday as a south flow returns. Expect showers and pockets of heavier rain through Saturday morning with temps in the 40s to start the day.

ANOTHER RAINMAKER FOR LATE WEEK: The clouds will linger into Thursday with the possibility of another period of rain.

A cold front will slowly cross the Appalachians this weekend from the OH and Tennessee Valleys. So there is a good chance our concerns for Flooding will continue. Residents should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings.