JOE’S BLOG: Significant Flooding Possible Monday and Tuesday

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A slow-moving weather system is set to bring torrential rain to the area starting late Monday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday night. A wide-spread 3 to 6 inches of rain is likely for Monday and Tuesday with isolated areas possibly seeing up to 9 to 11 inches of rain.This will lead to flash flooding and possibly life-threatening flash flooding Monday night and Tuesday.

This is a look at rain totals for the next 5 days.

Monday: Showers and storms will start to move into the area in the afternoon hours. The is a risk of strong the severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging winds are possible with the thunderstorms on Monday along with very heavy rain.  Futurecast shows a line of storms arriving in the area after 3PM Monday.

Heavy rain will continue well into Monday night. Flash flooding will start to become a problem after sunset Monday.

Tuesday: The cold front will make little progress on Tuesday. This will result is another round of very heavy rain and strong storms on Tuesday. Torrential rain is likely Tuesday afternoon and night. This heavy rain will fall on an already saturated ground a flash flooding and river flooding will become likely and potentially life-threatening late Tuesday.

Here is a look at the latest run of Microcast showing rain totals through Wednesday morning. Heaviest rain totals will be possible area-wide but a localized area in southeast Oklahoma and the River Valley could see 7 to 10 inches of rain.

Staying safe during a flash flood: With the amount of rain headed our way take time now to review flash flood safety rule. DO NOT drive across a water-covered road. It only takes a small amount of water to sweep your car off the road. If you are camping near a stream, creek or river seek shelter on high ground once rain begins. As we saw during the Albert Pike campground flash flooding disaster, water can rise quickly allowing you little time to get out of the way.

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