First Alert Forecast: Periods of heavy, beneficial rain this week

First Alert Forecast: Periods of heavy, beneficial rain this week

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A much wetter weather pattern is evolving across the southeastern United States, indicating some drought relief is likely this week.

A tropical disturbance, or area of low pressure, has been given a 40-percent chance of tropical or sub-tropical development within the next five days. Regardless of development, it will send moisture into the southeast United States.

Direct, tropical, impacts are not expected locally – even if it gets a name.

Monday will be the driest of the next seven. Isolated to widely scattered showers are most-likely south of the Altamaha River during the afternoon and early evening. A few downpours may roll in from the coast overnight.

Scattered showers and thundershowers are possible during Tuesday's morning commute. Periods of rain are forecast to persist through Tuesday. Rain may occasionally be heavy under a mostly cloudy sky.

Periods of wet weather continue through the work-week and into the weekend.

Two to four inches of rain will be common across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry by Friday afternoon. Isolated totals will exceed five inches. This rain is falling on dry ground and will be beneficial. However, heavy rain may also fall in a short amount of time in a few spots. Minor street flooding is possible under the heaviest downpours.

Keep an eye on the WTOC Weather App – radar, video updates - as you go about your week.

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