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Flooding likely this week on some East Coast trucking lanes (with forecast video)

Soaking rains will slow down truckers this week across the eastern U.S., including one of the country’s busiest freight markets. 

Areas of heavy rainfall are developing along a cold front that, as of Monday morning, stretches from the Upper Midwest to the lower Mississippi Valley. The front, and associated rainfall, will move through the eastern third of the country from Monday through early Wednesday.

During this time frame, some places from Georgia to southern New England could get drenched with up to 6 inches of rainfall. With the rain coming down hard and fast over a fairly short period of time, localized flash flooding is possible.

Drivers will feel the most impact along the Atlanta-to-Philadelphia lane, including the Interstate 85 and 95 corridors.

According to the latest data from FreightWaves, a lot of drivers may be headed to Atlanta to pick up loads. Atlanta is one of the busiest freight markets in the U.S., ranking second regarding outbound volumes (OTVI) offered by shippers. This is shown in the tree map below, where the highest values appear in the upper left corner. Despite a slight decrease in outbound volumes from Saturday into Sunday, Atlanta is still a major player.

SONAR ticker: OTVI tree map

Other notable weather this week

Windy conditions will continue Monday from the Arklatex region to the Southwest. The strongest gusts of 55 to 70 mph will make driving risky from western Texas to southern New Mexico. This includes locations such as El Paso and Guadalupe Pass, Texas. Blowing dust may reduce visibility in some spots.

Large wildfires continue to burn from northern California into Oregon. Some are close enough to the I-5 corridor that smoke may reduce visibility in some areas.

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Nick Austin

Nick is a meteorologist with 20 years of forecasting and broadcasting experience. He was nominated for a Midsouth Emmy for his coverage during a 2008 western Tennessee tornado outbreak. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Tech. Nick is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in February 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” eight consecutive years.