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Heavy rain pounds Fla; moves north tonight
Kevin Roth, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Feb. 1, 2010 12:51 pm ET

A storm system is forming over the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is spreading locally heavy rain across southern Florida. Portions of southeast Broward County have reported between 2 and 7 inches of rain as of noon EST. The heavy rain has produced flooding with up to 2 feet of water reported in some local parks.

The rain over southern Florida should expand northward reaching the eastern Gulf coast, southern Alabama, and southern Georgia this evening.

Overnight the rain continues to move north-northeastward moving into the rest of Georgia, South Carolina, and southern North Carolina by Tuesday morning.

There may be enough cold air over western South Carolina and western North Carolina to cause the rain to freeze on bridges, overpasses, trees, decks, and porches during the early morning hours. Travel could be a little bit tricky from Greenville, South Carolina northward to Greensboro, North Carolina during the Tuesday morning commute.

Thankfully temperatures start off warmer with this storm so any freezing rain and sleet should change over to regular rain by lunchtime Tuesday.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible over eastern sections of South Carolina and North Carolina during the day Tuesday.

Later Tuesday afternoon and evening the precipitation shield moves into northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland where it should be cold enough for snow to fall. The snow should be on the light side with most areas picking up an inch or less of accumulation.

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