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Tennessee to receive more heavy rain

This photo shows cars stranded in a Walmart parking lot on Nolensville Pike in Nashville,...
This photo shows cars stranded in a Walmart parking lot on Nolensville Pike in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, March 28, 2021. Heavy rain across Tennessee flooded homes and roads early Sunday, prompting officials to rescue numerous people from houses, apartments and vehicles as a line of severe storms crossed the state.(Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)
Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 9:42 AM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tn. (WHSV) - Areas that saw over half a foot of rain this past weekend are right back in the mix for several more inches of rain in the next two days.

A strong cold front is beginning to sweep through the country today, which is forecasted to bring our area in the Shenandoah Valley a much-needed soaking rain during the day on Wednesday. Unfortunately for portions of Tennessee, this is exactly what they *don’t* need.

Many areas in Tennessee saw over half a foot of rain over the weekend.
Many areas in Tennessee saw over half a foot of rain over the weekend.(NWS Nashville)

Widespread rain is expected to impact these exact same areas that saw torrential rainfall just a few days ago. This time, however, they are only forecasted to receive 1-2″ of rain.

Still, with an already saturated ground, flash flooding is expected, and Flash Flood Watches are in place for much of the Volunteer State through early Thursday morning. Many places have rivers at or above flood stage currently, but the good news is that this next batch of rain is not expected to contribute much to river flooding. Instead, runoff from rainwater that doesn’t soak into the saturated ground is what is expected to be the major cause of flash flooding with this next system.

Unfortunately, at least 6 people have died as a result of recent floodwaters across the state, so it is important that as more rain comes, people listen to any flash flood warnings that are issued. A good rule of thumb while driving is that if you can’t see the road, “turn around, don’t drown”.

This March has gone on the record as the 2nd rainiest March in much of Tennessee’s history with well over 10 inches of rain in many spots, and we’ll just keep adding to that total over the next 2 days before April comes in with sunshine for much of the East.

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