AREAS AFFECTED : BOLLINGER; BUTLER; CAPE GIRARDEAU; CARTER; PERRY; RIPLEY; SCOTT; STODDARD; WAYNE ...More heavy rain expected across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois... .A warm front aloft will remain stalled over the watch area through Saturday. Widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms will persist into Saturday. ...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON... The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, including the following areas, in southern Illinois, Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, White, and Williamson. In southeast Missouri, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Perry MO, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard, and Wayne MO. * Through Saturday afternoon * Widespread rainfall amounts from 2 to 3 inches have occurred over parts of southeast Missouri over the past 24 hours, with 1 to 2 inches elsewhere in the watch area. Rain is expected to continue through Saturday. There may be some breaks in the rain, but there will also be periods of heavy rain that will be capable of flooding creeks and low-lying areas.