National Weather Forecast

On Monday, Tropical Depression Barry will continue to bring heavy rain across parts of the lower and middle Mississippi Valleys. A frontal boundary in place from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic will help spark off some showers and storms. A cold front extending from northern Minnesota to the Northern Plains will also be the focus for some storms, some of which could be severe. A few afternoon storms will be possible across the central Rockies.

Through Tuesday evening, the heaviest rain across the lower 48 will be due to Barry in the lower and middle Mississippi Valleys. In these areas, additional rain totals of at least 3-7″ are possible. In the upper Midwest, rain totals could approach an inch in some locations.


Latest On Barry

Barry was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday afternoon while over northwestern Louisiana. The storm will continue north and northeast over the next couple days and is expected to become a remnant low by Monday Night. It will still pose a heavy rain threat across portions of the Mississippi Valley through the beginning of the work week.


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