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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Southern soaking rains could slow down truckers this week

Main flood threat along I-10 corridor

Periods of blinding rainfall this week in the Southeast may stop truckers in their tracks at times.

A slow-moving cold front will move into the Mississippi Valley Tuesday, stalling over southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through Wednesday. The front will lift northward Thursday morning or afternoon, followed by a second cold front moving through the area Thursday night. Drivers should expect multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall during this multiday event, with widespread totals of 4 to 8 inches. Locally higher amounts will be possible.

Areas along the I-10, I-12, I-55 and I-59 corridors will be prone to flash flooding, as well as ramp and road closures. Places in the potential impact zone that are under flash flood watches include New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, Louisiana; Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula and Hattiesburg, Mississippi; as well as Mobile, Alabama. Secondary roads and interstate ramps will be especially susceptible to flooding in these low-lying cities.

Heavy rainfall will soak some parts of the Mississippi Valley farther inland, in addition to parts of the Tennessee Valley. Although rainfall totals may not be as high as areas to the south, there’s still potential for flash flooding in places such as Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Tupelo, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; as well as Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Thunderstorms may produce severe winds or large hail in a few isolated spots, but the threat will be much higher Thursday. Tornadoes, crosswinds of 60-plus mph and large hail could hit not only the flood-prone areas along the Gulf Coast, but may strike as far east as Knoxville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, as far north as western Kentucky and as far west as eastern Texas.

Look for weather updates throughout the week on the FreightWaves website and social media accounts.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also 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 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” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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