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Gulf Comes Alive This Weekend; Much-Needed Rain Aimed at Florida

Heavy rainfall is expected in South Florida this weekend
Heavy rainfall is expected in South Florida this weekend

Moisture is expected to return to the Sunshine State this weekend, and it will likely bring much-needed rain to the drought-stricken landscape of central and south Florida.

An area of low pressure will likely form over the Rocky Mountains by the end of the work week and track southeast over the Central Plains. The system should then move east, and enter the Deep South by Friday.

Showers and a few thunderstorms are likely to form along the system’s cold front, impacting the Panhandle Friday night and North Florida by Saturday. Conditions in the Panhandle and North Florida will only be favorable for scattered storms and limited rainfall. It is not until early Sunday morning, when the front pushes into Central and South Florida and stalls, that the heavy rain event will begin. A moisture rich air-mass from the Gulf of Mexico will interact with the energy from the system and produce rounds of moderate to torrential rainfall over the region Sunday into Monday.

Two to three inches of rain are expected in parts of Collier, Hendry, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties over the two day period, which should help mitigate the drought that has developed. After initial rounds of downpours saturate the ground, additional storms could overwhelm soils and waterways and lead to flash flooding.

The system should finally push out of South Florida by Tuesday as high pressure builds to the north. Although scattered showers will remain possible next week, the heaviest rain will have departed. 

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