The southern part of a major storm destined to bring blizzard conditions fromChicago all the way to Philadelphia and New York City is soaking the Southeasttoday. With rivers already running high or in flood stages across much of theSoutheast, there could be flooding that closes roads and even threatens somehomes.The rain will push from the Tennessee Valley and Alabama through the Carolinas.

Some of the rain will freeze on contact with surfaces in northern NorthCarolina.

Thunderstorms will also ignite across the northeastern Gulf Coast and acrossmuch of the Florida Peninsula. Some of the storms in central Florida couldbecome strong by the afternoon or the evening, producing brief hail and gustywinds. Locally torrential downpours could also create poor visibility formotorists traveling along I-4 and I-75.

Story by Meteorologist Meghan Evans