Weather service: Columbia could see more flash floods this weekend

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Columbia could be in for a day of heavy rainfall and potentially flash floods Friday into Saturday, according to the national weather service.

Moderate to heavy rain is likely for the Columbia area, which has a 73% chance of seeing at least a half-inch of rainfall. There’s a 44% chance the area will see over an inch, according to weather service analyses.

Flash floods are less likely but still possible, the weather service says, estimating there is at least a 15% chance the storm could lead to flash flooding.

The weather service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the weekend and into next week.

Heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms are expected throughout the Midlands until at least early Saturday. But “widespread rainfall” is also anticipated early next week as a front stalls over the region, according to the weather service.

If rain does cause flooding this weekend, it would not be the first time this summer.

Over the July 4 holiday, enough rain fell to break records in Columbia. City officials categorized the rainfall as a 1,000 year event, with more than 4 inches of rain falling in the span of one hour.