Friday Evening Weather Blog (4/4): Weekend Washout?

Sunshine returned to the Brazos Valley Friday, in the wake of a passing cold front. Cloud cover is back overhead by Saturday morning, followed by a steady increase in rain and thunderstorm chances Sunday.

Setting the Stage

High-to-mid-level moisture was found streaming into West Texas Friday afternoon. High clouds are the warning sign from Mother Nature that changes are afoot.

By Saturday morning, those high / mid-level clouds (Pacific moisture) will be firmly in place, along with an increase of low level clouds (Gulf moisture).

North winds continue to filter through the Brazos Valley -- thanks to surface high pressure sitting well off to the north and east of the area. Overcast conditions and that cool wind will have temperatures struggling to make the mid-60s by the afternoon hours.

Insert Rain Chances

We'll bring a shot at a few weekend "splashes" by Saturday afternoon.

Saturday -- the main window for rain: 3pm - 5pm...although a few showers could linger through 7pm.

While there is a chance of rain -- it is nothing that should cancel plans. A quick splash-n-dash here and there...mostly likely not that heavy.

Sunday -- the best bet for rain this weekend...and where that word "washout" could come into play.

We expect rain chances to begin right around sunrise Sunday, and linger on-and-off through (at least) mid-afternoon.

Main window for rain: 7am - 4pm

PinPoint Computer Forecast Model "Future Radar" from Friday evening:

While this is anticipated to be mainly a rain chance -- a few isolated thunderstorms will be possible. Severe weather is not anticipated -- however, rumbles of thunder and lightning could occur with stronger storms.

If it all plays out as expected, by the end of Sunday, the Brazos Valley could find anywhere between 0.50" and 1.00" of rainfall:

Here's a timeline view of rain chances for Saturday and Sunday

Interactive PinPoint Radar

Plenty of outdoor activities happening across the Brazos Valley this weekend -- including Chilifest.

Don't forget that you can check Interactive PoinPoint Radar at anytime before stepping out of the house.

Already out and it looks like / is raining? No worries -- be sure to check out the mobile version of or download the KBTX News App. Interactive PinPoint Radar is available there as well.

Happy weekend, Friends. We'll be monitoring the rain potential, followed by PinPoint Radar as things come together.

-- Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley

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