An active storm in January will bring persistent rain to the south, and essential preparations are being made for residents in the affected areas.
A powerful storm is set to unleash its fury on the southern United States in the middle of this week, marking the first major storm of 2024. This will kick off an active weather pattern, bringing waves of rain and thunderstorms to the region during the first half of January.
Experienced meteorologist Paul Pastelok has been evaluating for weeks how these storms could take a more southerly route across the country in the early stages of 2024. As this weather event unfolds, it is essential for residents to be prepared for extreme weather conditions.
Pastelok warns of a high potential for a persistent track of storms in the south through the third week of January, leading to a significant increase in rainfall in southern Texas, along the Gulf Coast, and into the Southeast.
This prediction emphasizes the importance of preparedness for extreme weather events in the affected communities, which is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of residents.
The wet start to the new year continues the conditions observed in December 2023, especially notable in some coastal areas where precipitation amounts exceeded more than double the historical average for the month.
Meteorologists are also predicting that the storm will produce significant rain in the southern United States, with the most intense rainfall impacting motorists along the Interstate-10 corridor and reaching as far north as the I-20. This active storm pattern poses logistical and safety challenges for people in affected areas, underscoring the importance of caution and planning.
With the prolonged forecast, the need for at-risk communities to be properly prepared to face challenging weather conditions, from flooding to potential power outages, is critical. Meteorologists are advising that a steady rain will traverse the lower Mississippi Valley mid-week, soaking areas like New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Delays for airlines related to the weather could increase in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Atlanta in the middle of the week.
For New Year’s Day, there is a possibility of light snowfall in parts of the Appalachians, along with rain in parts of the South and Southern California. Dry weather is expected in the center of Los Angeles, but a nearby storm could bring rain along the southern California coast.
Areas of rain are expected to expand slowly from Louisiana into the southern United States, potentially causing slippery travel conditions in some areas.
As the storm approaches, it’s important for residents in the affected regions to prepare for the potential impact of heavy rainfall and strong winds, ensuring their safety and well-being during this active weather pattern.