Significant flooding possible along the Gulf Coast this week

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A nearly stationary low pressure system from the southeast U.S. to the central Gulf Coast will create a significant flood threat (Image: WHNT News 19)

A nearly stationary low pressure system from the southeast U.S. to the central Gulf Coast will create a significant flood threat (Image: WHNT News 19)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A slow-moving upper-level low will be responsible for significant amounts of rain along the Gulf Coast and in southern Alabama and Georgia next week.

Several forecast models show the potential for as much as a foot of rain along the Florida Gulf Coast from near Pensacola to east of Panama City Beach.

Below is the forecast accumulated rainfall total through Monday, August 15 for the Gulf Coast. While as much as a foot of rain is possible in Mobile and Biloxi, heavy rain is expected to also fall as far north as Montgomery.

Weather Prediction Center forecast rainfall totals between now and Monday, August 15. (Source: WxBell)

Weather Prediction Center forecast rainfall totals between now and Monday, August 15. (Source: WxBell)

While rain amounts will not be nearly as high farther north into the Tennessee Valley, beneficial rain is still in the forecast, though it will be heavy at times. Within the next seven days, as much as 3 to 4.5 inches of rain seems like a reasonable expectation for many communities right now, with the higher rainfall totals expected over the mountain ridges of the Cumberland Plateau.

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Weather Prediction Center forecast rainfall totals between now and Monday, August 15. (Source: WxBell)

Expect some updates to this forecast. Find the latest forecast discussion for north Alabama here.