N.O. Metro, SE La. Under Flash Flood Watch

Metro New Orleans, southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi are under a flash flood watch through at least 3 p.m. Monday as we brace for 2 to 5 inches of rain.

The rain is being produced by a strong low pressure system that will draw extensive moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters advise that thunderstorms will produce total accumulations of between 2 and 5 inches by Monday afternoon. Some locally higher amounts may be possible from storms that pass over the same locations repeatedly.

If rain rates exceed 2 inches per hour, the rapid ponding of water may result in urban areas in or areas that drain slowly.  Some minor river flooding may also occur.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.  A flash flood warning means that those conditions have occurred.

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