No rest seems to be in sight for the soaken grounds of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, as a new weather system is set to bring another round of heavy rainfall. The flooding threat is forecast to return on October 30, 2015 and last through the coming weekend.
A short-lived period of dry weather has been regarded as more than welcome by Texas residents, after a combined moisture from the remnants of Hurricane "Patricia" and the Gulf of Mexico wreaked havoc across the affected areas only a couple of days ago.
Sea level pressure and front field forecast over US valid for October 31, 2015. Image credit: DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP/WPC
Another storm system is currently approaching, packing a vast amount of moisture, that is expected to renew flood threats across parts of Texas and Lousiana, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Pydynowski: "A potent storm moving eastward out of the Four Corners on Friday will tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing heavy rain and a renewed flood threat into parts of Texas and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday."
24-hr precipitation forecast over US, valid on October 31, 2015. Image credit: DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP/WPC
Between 51 and 102 mm (2 and 4 inches) of precipitation is expected to fall from central Texas to Lousiana and Mississippi, which is, luckily, much less than reported last weekend. However, the forecast rainfall could still pose serious threat, as the already saturated ground can quickly overflow again.
"Fortunately, this storm will move more quickly than last weekend's system, but additional heavy rain on already saturated ground can still cause more flooding," Pydynowski said.
Texas and Louisiana rivers will most likely remain between moderate and major flood stage during the storm's passage, while the areas most likely to flood stretch from San Antonio to Dallas and, possibly, Oklahoma City, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson.
"By Saturday, the highest risk for flooding will be from Houston eastward into Louisiana and eventually Mississippi Saturday afternoon and evening," Adamson stated.
Most likely consequences of the expected severe weather include traffic disruptions and flight delays. Drivers are once again warned to remain on alert and avoid driving across flooded roads at all costs, as the strong currents could push the vehicles into deeper waters, and cause death or injury.
Citizens are encouraged to take all the necessary precautions to avoid dangerous weather related situations.
Featured image: 24-hr precipitation forecast over US, valid on October 31, 2015. Image credit: DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP/WPC