Rounds of showers, storms to dampen cleanup efforts in wake of 2020's 1st severe outbreak

Renee Duff

The storm-ravaged southern United States will face daily rounds of showers and thunderstorms into the middle of the week.

AccuWeather meteorologists do not expect the storms to have the same ferocity as those that occurred during the first severe weather outbreak of the year from Friday into Saturday night.

However, any wet weather across the South can slow down cleanup and recovery efforts and put a further strain on residents left homeless by the storms.

A prolonged unsettled weather pattern will set up this week as a front stalls across the region, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson.

"This will serve as a focal point for more widespread showers and thunderstorms," he added.

The wet weather will spread northward over the South. Communities from Houston to Jackson, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta; and Raleigh, North Carolina, were dampened by showers and thunderstorms on Monday.

The stormy weather may lift away from the Gulf Coast for a time from Tuesday into Wednesday, spreading northward into places such as Little Rock, Arkansas, and Nashville.

Some of the embedded thunderstorms could become locally heavy, with gusty winds and hail being the main threats.

"A few of the storms can be become severe, such as the storms along the Carolina coast into Monday night," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. "Of these a couple of the strongest storms could spawn a brief tornado."

Since the ground is already saturated, even a moderate wind gust of 40-50 mph within a thunderstorm could be enough to knock over a shallow-rooted tree.

Localized flooding may become a problem in areas that were soaked by thunderstorms Friday into Saturday and will experience one or more rounds of additional stormy weather into the middle of the week.

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Small creeks and streams may take on another surge of water, especially where the rounds of showers and thunderstorms repeat daily into midweek.

The additional rainfall is likely to put some cities over the top in terms of average rainfall for the month.

Birmingham was less than 0.10 of an inch shy of its average January rainfall of 4.84 inches as of Jan. 12.

Little Rock and Jackson eclipsed their respective monthly averages of 3.55 inches and 4.97 inches in just the first 11 days of January.

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