The energy associated with the storm system currently dropping heavy snow in the higher terrain of the Southwest will translate eastward over the next few days. This energy will eventually trigger the development of a new storm system which could bring flooding and severe weather to the Southeast towards midweek.
While timing and details are currently sketchy, there is fair agreement that a strong storm system will develop in the northern Gulf of Mexico early in the week. This storm will then lift northeastward spreading heavy rain and strong thunderstorms throughout the Southeastern part of the country.
The potential exists for heavy, potentially flooding rainfall to fall from Mississippi and Alabama northeastward to the Carolinas at some point Wednesday or Thursday.
Not only will the storm produce heavy rain in the Southeast, but the potential for severe thunderstorms will also exist. As the storm lifts northeastward, a strong cold front will move from west to east along the Gulf Coast and through Florida. Ahead of this front, the ingredients will be in place for strong to severe thunderstorm development.
The area most likely to experience severe weather during the middle of the upcoming week will be from southern Alabama and Georgia through Florida and eventually into southern portions of the Carolinas.
Residents of the Southeast, especially along the eastern Gulf Coast, should stay tuned to AccuWeather.com over the next couple of days as details of this impending storm become clearer