(WHNT)– An active week of weather is ahead for several Gulf Coast states, where massive amounts of rain and a few severe storms are expected.
A large, slow-moving upper low will draw in tremendous amounts of moisture to parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Several disturbances within the upper low will trigger frequent periods of heavy rainfall across the region.
Forecast guidance suggests at least six inches of rain across Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. The Weather Prediction Center has included this area in a moderate risk for excessive rainfall.
The National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana noted the potential for ‘widespread flooding’ in a recent hydrologic outlook:
"THE LATEST FORECASTS INDICATE RAINFALL TOTALS BETWEEN 6 AND 12 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE PERIOD...WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE AS WELL. DESPITE THE INITIALLY DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA...REPEATED PERIODS OF RAINFALL WILL QUICKLY LEAD TO SATURATED SOILS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD FLOODING POSSIBLY BY MID-WEEK. A FLOOD WATCH IS EXPECTED TO BE ISSUED BY MONDAY AFTERNOON."
In addition to flooding, severe storms are also possible. The Storm Prediction Center has already included a large part of eastern Texas in a risk for severe weather early this week.