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Storm Shield: March is the new April (showers)

Posted at 1:50 PM, Mar 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-17 17:39:22-04

Ask anyone from east Texas to the Ohio Valley, and they'll likely tell you they're ready for a break from the rain.

During the first two weeks of March, most places along that boundary have seen enough rain to last them the entire month — if not double what they normally see.

This has led to ongoing flood warnings along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as all of the excess moisture moves downstream.

Fortunately, the Ohio River will have the rest of the week to see river levels drop without a significant rain system moving through. The Mississippi Valley won't be as lucky with another rain system trekking across the region Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, areas west of the Mississippi River are still battling serious ongoing drought. The hardest big areas lie in northern Texas, across most of California, and southwest Nevada.

Long-term forecast models are showing drier than usual conditions for all those drought-stricken areas, so it doesn't look like the plentiful rain causing flooding in the east won't be shifting west any time soon.