Another potent storm to aggravate flooding concerns in southern Europe following Storm Karine

Another potent storm to aggravate flooding concerns in southern Europe following Storm KarineResidents from Spain to France and Italy will be left with little time to clean up behind Storm Karine before the next storm takes aim at the region late this week.Storm Karine blew through southern Europe from late Sunday through much of Monday with soaking rain and high winds. This satellite image shows Storm Karine impacting central Europe on Monday afternoon, local time. (CIRA/RAMMB) In Spain, a powerful wind gust of 137 km/h (85 mph) was clocked late Sunday in the town of Fisterra, but an even stronger gust of 143 km/h (89 mph) was recorded at Machichaco Faro in the Basque region of northern Spain on Monday.The high winds severely damaged some structures as seen via images and videos posted on Twitter.> Així ha quedat el pavelló de Cervera després del cop de vent de 99 km/h que s'ha registrat aquest matí a la capital de la Segarra. (vídeo: @jordiprat2)> > -- ARA Méteo (@ARAmeteo) March 2, 2020Cleanup efforts in the wake of Karine will be made even more difficult with a resurgence of rain and wind expected to arrive with a new storm by Thursday.This storm will bring heavy rain across northern Spain through northern Italy and possibly across parts of the northern and western Balkans. In addition, it will spread damaging winds to northeastern Spain and parts of the western Mediterranean, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.A widespread 25-75 mm (1-2 inches) of rainfall is likely in the areas of heaviest precipitation, with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 100 mm (4 inches).Such rain amounts falling on ground that is already saturated will heighten the risk of new or worsening flooding problems. At the very least, travel is likely to be disrupted on the road and in the air. Motorists are reminded to never attempt to drive through floodwaters as the road surface underneath may be compromised and the water is likely deeper than it appears.The rain is likely to be wind-driven at times with a new round of strong winds expected to accompany the storm. Winds are not expected to be as strong as what was experienced during Storm Karine, but they may lead to just as many disruptions.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP"Wind gusts of 64-80 km/h (40-50 mph) with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 97 km/h (60 mph) are possible across northeastern Spain into the western Mediterranean," Roys said.Trees sitting in soaked soil can be more easily toppled by such wind gusts. Sporadic damage and power cuts will also be possible.Across the high terrain of the Alps, another round of heavy snowfall is expected with accumulations around 30 cm (12 inches) and an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 60 cm (24 inches) Thursday into Friday morning.People planning to head to the ski resorts late this week should anticipate difficult travel with snow-covered and icy roadways.The storm will lose much of its punch as it moves into eastern Europe by the weekend, but showery weather is likely to be left behind in its wake across France, Italy and the Balkans.Keep checking back on and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.