The Flash Flood Watch for the entire region until 7am Saturday and Flash Flood Warnings are now also posted for all counties bordering the Mississippi River as very heavy rain moves slowly into the region from east Arkansas. Doppler radar estimates rainfall totals across central and eastern AR range from 3-6" since mid-day Thursday and this rain is headed in our direction. There will also be some embedded thunderstorms, though the likelihood of severe weather is low. Temperatures are currently in the lower 70s on your way out the door this morning, but will be falling later this morning and this afternoon behind the frontal system pushing through the region now. Little Rock is about 15 degrees cooler than Memphis as of this writing, so look for temps to fall into the 50s by this afternoon.
Please exercise caution on the roadways today - watch for standing water, flooded intersections and underpasses, and other hazards ,and keep your children away from swollen streams and ditches. Flooding is the #1 weather-related cause of death in the U.S.
As a side note - October 2009 has gone down in the record books as the wettest October since record keeping began in 1895. Today's precipitation will just pad that record!
MemphisWeather.net resources for you to follow today:
Severe Weather Warning Map
WXLIVE!-Severe Weather (email warning notification)
WXLIVE!-Rapid Fire (realtime current conditions from Bartlett)
Rain will come to an end tonight and Saturday will mark the beginning of an extended dry streak with seasonal temperatures and plenty of sunshine!
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