A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for the following counties: Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Waller, Walker & Washington counties through Thursday night. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Lee, Milam, Robertson & Leon Counties through Thursday night. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible through Thursday night. Some areas may even see totals of 5 to 7 inches of localized rainfall.
Our latest soaking rain and thunderstorms are now a thing of the past for the Brazos Valley, as we stepped out to a cool Halloween evening. Starting November will bring out a nice taste of fall to the area, before our next rain chance blows in.
Before we move on -- let's take a look back at some of the rain totals sent in by Weather Watchers today:
Other than dodging a few problem areas where water collected too quickly, over the past 24 hours -- we have the green light to enjoy the evening.
Clearing skies along with dry, cool air will allow temperatures to fall off quite a bit this evening / overnight. In fact, after a couple muggy and very warm (for this time of the year) nights, we'll look at getting things back to the way they were at this time last week. Expect the low 50s when you wake up with the sun on Friday morning.
Seasonable -- but We Can Do Better
...and by better, I mean cooler.
Friday will prove to be a pleasant day across the Brazos Valley. After a morning of cool 50s, full sunshine and a shift to a light south wind will allow afternoon highs to top off right around normal, in the upper 70s.
Our next cold front arrives Friday evening. Winds kick back up from the north and northwest, ushering in a reinforcing shot of cool air. How cool? We're only looking at the low 70s on Saturday, followed by the 40s for lows and 60s for highs on Sunday!
Another Round of Rain on the Horizon
We'll keep the sunshine and mild weather around for the weekend, but as we head back to work and school, we head back to soggier weather outlooks.
Our next upper-level weather maker will take a dive out of Canada on Friday. It'll spend the weekend gaining strength and then start to pull in high, Pacific moisture by late Sunday.
Clouds return Monday and scattered showers are once again possible. Because of the cloud cover, rain, and a temperature inversion, we may only make it to the upper 60s for a second day across the area.
Best rain chance swings through Tuesday Night / Wednesday morning (from the view point of this evening) as our next cold front slides across the area. This front looks like it could be a copy cat of our most recent rain event -- heavy rain and strong thunderstorms could be possible yet again.
Still some details to bang out on our early week rain event but, as of the past couple of days, looks like we'll continue to add to a now water-logged Brazos Valley.
-- Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley