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Heavy rain headed to Mid-South

Rain chances ramp up but severe threat stays low.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Wow. What a weekend of polarizing weather! From absolutely GORGEOUS days to an evening of storms producing too many severe thunderstorms to count and even a few tornado warnings including the EF3 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

Now I know this is about weather but let me take a moment to mention social distancing...In my opinion, it saved lives this weekend. Had people been out on Saturday evening as that tornado tore through town, we would likely be talking about a much more grave situation. On the flip side, we did have two great days and many Mid-Southerners took advantage, myself included. I went for a few walks and so was so disappointed in the large number of people who were not practicing social distancing at all. This is me pleading with you to follow the guidelines so we can get out of this mess sooner. I am thankful for the ability to do my job at home but, I want to be back with my team, hugging my family. So act right, ok?

Ok, back to the current forecast. Sadly more clouds, mild temps and rain are headed our way today but it won't be a wash out by any means. We will begin to see some light scattered showers off and on as a quick developing low pressure system from Texas tracks east tonight through Tuesday. Even though the low is attached to a warm and cold front, THANKFULLY we won't be seeing either of them which is great news because that means we wont be dealing with the threat for severe weather. As long as that warm front remains south we should be good. What we will have to deal with is heavy rain. Most of us are looking at getting 1-2" of rain from tonight, mostly after sunset into tomorrow morning. You may hear a few rumbles of thunder but again, nothing severe is expected.

After the rain moves out tomorrow, Canadian high pressure moves in bringing dry conditions and a little more sunshine but temperatures will stay slightly below average with Highs in the upper 50s, low 60s and Lows in the upper 30s to low 40s mostly. Models are struggling currently over whether we will see a cold front come through towards the end of the week but that is why I included at least some rain chances later in the week and will continue to monitor and update as models continue to become available.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter @Local24Chelsea or by email cchandler@localmemphis.com.

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