Remnants of Sergio Will Enhance Rainfall in Plains, Mid-Mississippi Valley This Weekend

October 13, 2018

Two bursts of moisture will bring an enhanced rainfall and the chance of flooding from the Plains into the Ozarks through this weekend.

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The remnants of Hurricane Sergio are quickly moving northeastward into the Ozarks and mid-Mississippi Valley. Some flash flooding was reported in the Midland-Odessa, Texas, area early Saturday morning.

This moisture and energy have also produced a couple of tornadoes in northern Texas: one near Waxahachie, another near Hillsboro and Bynum, Texas and a third north of Buffalo, Texas. 

Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

A separate area of heavy rain in southeastern California triggered flash flooding in Joshua Tree National Park late Friday night into early Saturday. Several vehicles were stuck in floodwaters, which were reportedly 6 inches deep in Yucca Valley, California, according to the National Weather Service. Hail was also observed in Joshua Tree. 

Sergio's moisture in combination with that southward dip in the jet stream pushing out of the West will help to enhance rainfall from parts of the southern and central Plains into the mid-Mississippi Valley on Sunday and Monday.

Rainfall could be heavy at times Sunday night into Monday.

Rainfall Forecast

Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are likely, with higher amounts possible in localized areas.

This may raise flooding concerns, particularly since soils are saturated after rounds of soaking rain this past week from another weather system.

Sergio Recap

On Oct. 3, Sergio became the eighth Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 eastern Pacific hurricane season, topping a previous record of seven Category 4 hurricanes in an eastern Pacific season set in 2015, according to Eric Blake, tropical scientist at the National Hurricane Center. 

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