Part of the Southern Plains, the Ohio Valley, central Appalachia, and the central and lower Mississippi Valley will be at risk of severe thunderstorms and flash floods on Monday and Tuesday as the storm that inundated former dry Texas regions over the weekend slowly moves northeast to begin the week.
Heavy rains were expected Sunday evening in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and southern Missouri, bringing 1-3 inches of rain to areas that already absorbed more than usual, according to AccuWeather.
“Although the rainfall may not be as severe in this area when compared to what southeast Texas saw on Saturday, many of the Gulf Coast states are not in a state of drought and may only be able to handle a moderate amount of rain,” the meteorologist said. Air Dan Bidenovsky.
Tornado watches and warnings have been issued for many Mississippi counties as heavy rains and storms make their way across the state.
The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, received a report of people trapped inside a home in Terry, Mississippi. There were also reports of trees uprooted and caravans destroyed.
WJTV-TV Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Wellingham reports that at least five or six families may be displaced following a confirmed tornado in the area.
NWS officials are asking people in the metro area to take cover to protect themselves from flying debris.
The National Weather Service said a second weather threat was expected over the Rocky Mountains late Sunday through Monday, bringing wet snow to higher elevations in Colorado and Wyoming and rain to parts of the northern and central plains.
The top floor will explain the dramatic temperature changes in a number of cities along its course. Denver, which on Saturday approached one notch from its highest on May 1 when it scored 86, will drop to 47 by Monday.
The fast-moving system will then head toward the Midwest, with cities like Omaha, Nebraska, and Minneapolis seeing temperatures drop up to 15 degrees below normal in early May.
“Many locations could see temperatures drop below 32 degrees during the night hours on Tuesday, which poses a risk of frost, especially in typically cooler areas,” said Alyssa Smithmayer, AccuWeather Meteorologist.
Contribution: Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY; Keisha Rowe and Lacey Beveridge, Mississippi Clarion Ledger