The relentless rainy pattern across the Southeast will continue for one more day before more typical summer weather returns to the region this weekend.
Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday, with a mostly cloudy sky providing gloomy conditions even when it's not raining.
"That stationary front is going to stay parked over the Southeast," said FOX Weather meteorologist Jane Minar. "If you're south of that front, that's where all those showers and thunderstorms will start to pick up into the afternoon and evening, including South Georgia, Albany, Mobile, Tallahassee and Charleston."
Many areas have picked up between 3 and 6 inches of rainfall in the past seven days, with a few places seeing as much as 8 inches, so soils are already saturated and unable to absorb much more rain.
On Thursday night, thunderstorms stalled over parts of North Charleston, Ladson and Summerville in South Carolina, resulting in serious flash flooding in those areas. Doppler radar estimates 6 to 8 inches of rain has fallen in this area over the past day.
With additional heavy downpours likely on Friday, there will be a continued threat of flash flooding across the Southeast. In general, another 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is expected from the eastern Carolinas to the Gulf Coast.
"From Tallahassee to Mobile to New Orleans is where we could see a likely risk for some of that heavier downpour potential where we've already picked up a healthy amount of rain over the last couple of days," Minar said.
The good news is that the rain has improved drought conditions across the Southeast. As of Thursday, only 13% of the region was in drought, down from 27% last week.
Finally, on Saturday, typical summer weather will return to the Southeast with plenty of sun and just a few isolated afternoon thunderstorms.
"The front will eventually dissipate as we head into the weekend, so hopefully seeing a bit more sunshine for places like Atlanta and Tupelo, but the heat is certainly going to be turned on," Minar said.
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