NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A strengthening area of low pressure is bringing rain to much of Tennessee, and as much as 5 inches could fall with some locally heavier amounts.
The National Weather Service has put the eastern half of the state under a flood watch through Tuesday morning.
Rainfall is expected to be heavy at times through the night.
Forecasters said that dry soil conditions and low rivers might help reduce the threat of widespread flooding. However, localized flooding and flash flooding is possible.
Most of the heavy rain is expected east of Interstate 65 with the Cumberland Plateau most likely to receive it.
Two to 4 inches of rain was expected from the Chattanooga area up the Tennessee River Valley through Knoxville and on into Kentucky.