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Isaac may rain on Labor Day weekend

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Well get some outer rain band-type activity, Boucher said, adding rainfall will become more widespread as the Labor Day Holiday weekend progresses.

Isaac will likely be a depression by then. And although the weekend will be somewhat soggy, the good news was that no severe weather was expected.

Winds could be gusty today at 20-25 mph and perhaps up to 30 mph, he said. Rainfall will be in the moderate to heavy range in some locations.

As the bulk of the storm continues its trek north and west of the Mid-state, some places will be in the bulls-eye, Boucher said, noting Mississippi, Arkansas and Central Illinois and Indiana may receive as much as 7.5 inches of rain the next few days.

As for the rainfall, Wilson County has caught up in recent weeks and is in much better shape than in July when the area was in a drought.

Were much closer to where we need to be, he said, adding portions of West Tennessee were still considered to be in a drought while Wilson was drier than normal.

Isaac was expected to change that. Places that really need it are going to get it, Boucher said of the expected rainfall.

From Jan. 1 through Thursday morning, Aug. 30, 30.14 inches of rain has been officially measured at the Nashville International Airport which was 1.92 inches below normal. The meteorologist said for the same time period in 2011, the airport recorded 34.61 inches of precipitation. Normal precipitation through this period is 32.06 inches.

The next two days, the 2 inches (of rain) will put us real close to getting back to normal.

Temperatures the next few days will be slightly below the 90s with the high on Saturday near 88 and on Sunday about 89. Lows at night will be 73 to 74 degrees. And with the tropical moisture present, humidity will be pretty high, too, he added.

If you plan to travel for the holiday weekend, pay attention to local weather forecasts especially if you are in an area where a lot of rain is expected to fall. Do not travel on water-covered roadways.

Its going to be rainy, muggy and a little bit of wind, Boucher said of the next few days.

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