Weekend Flash Flood Watch
Breezy south to southeast winds helped to funnel moisture back into the Brazos Valley Thursday. As we keep a breezy to gusty wind, we'll welcome back a pretty tropical air mass to wrap up the week and take us into the weekend. A stray shower to isolated thunderstorm can't be ruled out between sunset & midnight -- best chance is across the far Western Brazos Valley...but that chance is only a 10% shot. After midnight, a few showers may run through the area from south to north.
Expect to see an increase in thunderstorms just north and west of the Brazos Valley Friday afternoon. The current idea is that rain and storm activity slides into the Brazos Valley Friday evening and through the overnight hours. A few strong to severe storms cannot be rule out -- along with a localized flood concern. There will be a chance for ongoing rain into Saturday -- however, that highly depends on how far south the "boundary" moving through Friday night sags. Early estimates for rainfall are between 1.5" and 2.5" widespread, with localized 3" - 4" + possible. Won't be completely out of the question that a few areas between our area and Houston may pick up 5" to 8" -- but that should be very, very isolated (if at all). Stay tuned...
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain / isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Low: 73. Wind: SE 5-15 mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and thunderstorms by late afternoon. Some strong to severe. High: 87. Wind: SSE 10-20 mph. Gusts to 30 mph.
Friday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Chance of rain: 70%. Low: 70. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.
Saturday: Mainly cloudy with a 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms. High: 82. Wind: S 10-20 mph, with higher gusts.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley
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