Wednesday Midday Update - 12:30pm
Showers from the Austin / I-35 region trying to make it into Milam and Lee Counties as of the noon hour -- although stable air from last night / this morning's rain is holding back activity for now.
Stronger thunderstorms were rolling through the San Antonio Metro area as of noon as well. Ample lightning, heavy rain and small hail were common with a cluster of storm passing through that part of the state. These storms will continue to drift east along I-10 and could clip the southern half of the Brazos Valley by mid-afternoon.
Otherwise, with more scattered showers and embedded thunderstorms west of I-35 -- associated with yet another small disturbance passing through Texas -- the thought is that a bit more rain activity could make it to the Brazos Valley once again. A 40% to 50% chance of showers & rumbles of thunder remains in the forecast this afternoon and evening.
Latest PinPoint Radar Below
After the early morning band of light rain that pushed across the Brazos Valley, cloudy and cool conditions have taken over this morning.
So far, official rainfall totals range anywhere from just about 0.50" to a little over 1.00" across the area. Here's a check of where total 48 hour rainfall sat as of 10am Wednesday:
More Showers Possible
As another disturbance moves out of Southwest Texas this morning, a band of light to moderate showers, and embedded rumbles of thunder, are stretched from just west of I-35 near Austin to Eagle Pass (as of 10:30am). This activity is drifting to the east and should be able to drift into the Brazos Valley after the noon hour.
While there could be a few stronger thunderstorms, (thunder, lightning, brief, heavy rain, small hail) severe weather is not expected this afternoon & evening. Should a strong storm manage to fire up, it could put down another 0.25" to 0.50" of rainfall in localized areas.
The forecast continues to call for a 50% chance of showers heading into tonight / the very early hours of Thursday morning. As the main axis of the trough of low pressure -- responsible for our recent rain -- passes through the Brazos Valley, we'll have one last shot at rain before we look for drier conditions Thursday.
The best chance will be from a Giddings to Caldwell to Bryan / College Station to Madisonville line and points north. Our rain window will likely close between 4am and 6am Thursday.
Wednesday Morning Update - 3am
Early morning rain is once again falling across the Brazos Valley. While not as heavy of a rain as Tuesday night -- and thunderstorm activity is not as strong -- this second round is slowly working from the west to the east through the area.
Rain will start to slowly end in Lee and Milam Counties by 4am.
Other than slick roads, no problems are anticipated for the Wednesday morning commute.
Tuesday Evening Update
Thunderstorms dumped quite a bit of rain in some parts of the Brazos Valley Tuesday night.
News 3 heard reports of heavy rain and wind, along with some downed power lines, but no reports of any major damage.
Rain amounts ranged from a quarter of an inch up to an inch and a half and higher in some areas.
With most of the Brazos Valley in an increasing drought situation, any rainfall is welcome.
Another round of rain is expected on Wednesday.
There could be a few areas that could pick up an additional two inches or more.
Should those higher totals occur, localized, brief flash flooding could become a concern for resident's during the Wednesday morning commute.