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Shelby: Conditions will be near top rainiest days in history

Rainfall potential could reach more than 10 inches in some areas. (FOX 8) Rainfall potential could reach more than 10 inches in some areas. (FOX 8)
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Thursday night will begin a stretch of several heavy rounds of rain over the area. As the FOX 8 Weather Authority team has been forecasting for over a week, the potential for flooding is the biggest concern with this system.

This leaves many are wondering “Just how bad will it be?” Each weather system is unique and the impacts for specific areas will be different, but comparisons to historical events can be very helpful for putting things in perspective.

The most rain is expected Friday with 3-6 inches possible. Below are the highest single day rain totals from MSY and Slidell. With the rain totals expected, we won’t be shattering records, but we will see conditions near the top 10 rainiest days in recorded history!  

But that’s not all! We will see some measurable rainfall Thursday and Saturday too. Let’s compare some of the highest 3 Day totals in our area’s recorded history to the forecast for this storm. Below is a graphic from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center with estimated totals for the entire rain event (Thursday-Saturday).

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Our area is expected to receive 4-7 inches of rain with isolated areas up to 10 inches over the next couple of days. Again, not shattering any records, but this system could be near some top ten events in our recorded history.

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Recognize number one? The May Flood of 1995 brought 15 to 20+ inches of rain to our area over the course of just three days. The forecast for the next few days does not appear to be that severe, but flooding issues are still possible!


Stay weather aware to keep you and your family safe over the next few days. Use the FOX 8 Weather App to get urgent weather alerts and check live radar before you head out the door. Remember, NEVER drive down a flooded roadway.

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