Ongoing wet weather conditions and a forecast for more of the same have officials concerned about the potential for flooding, particularly early next week.
A hazardous weather outlook issued this morning by the National Weather Service office in Huntsville states total rainfall amounts over the next several days could reach 3 to 5 inches.
Weather service meteorologist Kurt Weber said much of the concern centers around next week.
“As we get into the next week, we’ll have one or more rounds of rainfall,” Weber said. “During that time, Sunday night into early Wednesday, we could get 2 to 4 inches, and maybe some locally higher amounts. It’s something we’ll have to watch.
“The main things we’re probably looking at from this will be minor flash flooding or river flooding. Right now we’re not forecast to have anything go above flood stage, but we’re in a wait-and-see mode.”
Weber said the Shoals could get a slight break today and tonight, with scattered showers. “When we get on into the weekend, we’ll have to watch it more,” he said.
The weather service outlook states rainfall through Friday morning could be one-fourth to one-half inch. With the soil already saturated, some ponding of water and brief flooding in urban areas could occur in locations that have poor drainage.
The outlook calls for a wave of heavy rainfall Sunday night into Monday as a cold front passes through the Shoals. Steady rainfall will continue after that as another low-pressure system develops Tuesday into early Wednesday.
Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing throughout this period, so there is no chance of wintry precipitation, Weber said.