Thursday Evening Weather Blog (1/9): Line of Rain & Storms Possible Friday

Day two of overcast skies, drizzle, pockets of light rain, and warming temperatures struck the Brazos Valley Thursday. We'll look for one more dreary and drab day, before sunshine returns to the area for the weekend.

First Measurable Rainfall of 2014

Only took us 8 to 9 days, into the new year, before we started dropping a bit of water into area rain gauges. Here's a look at where pockets of the Brazos Valley sat with daily rainfall as of 8pm Thursday:

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Other totals in from Weather Watchers across the region:

--Carlos: 1.65"
--Benchley: 0.73"
--Kurten: 0.99"
--Centerville: 0.52"
--North Zulch: 1.07"

Good news for those looking for more? More looks to be on the way...

Friday Rain and (Possible) Thunderstorms

The latest upper-level system expected to reach the Brazos Valley is swinging down from the West Coast and expected to move east across The Panhandle and Oklahoma Friday and Saturday.

As that system enters the western side of Texas, we'll look for a line of showers and thunderstorms to form from North Texas to Central Texas & the Hill Country. Spurring that line on? A cold front swinging east to clear things out for the weekend.

While the better bet for rain and thunderstorms will run in North Texas, closer to the upper dynamics of this system, we'll keep the chance of a late afternoon / evening, thin line of rain and possible thunderstorms.

Here's the Thursday afternoon run of the PinPoint Computer Forecast Model for what the radar could look like as this event unfolds:

While this will be a quick shot in the arm for rain chances, a few storms could be on the strong to briefly severe side as they roll through.

Main concern should that happen? Heavy rain and strong winds in excess of 40 to 50mph.

Additional Rainfall Possible for the Brazos Valley

In addition to what has fallen, already, over Wednesday and Thursday -- the Brazos Valley could see another 0.50" to 1.25" of rainfall by Saturday morning.

Thursday Afternoon PinPoint Computer Forecast for Accumulated Rainfall Through Saturday Morning

NOAA's Outlook on Rainfall for Friday

Weekend Clearing

Sunshine returns on Wednesday, as drier air works in behind our Friday cold front. Temperatures will drop by a few degrees -- this particular front is more about being a clearing mechanism.

With a Northwest Flow aloft for the next week, a parade of cold fronts will be on the way to Texas and the Brazos Valley. Every other day or so, winds will shift out of the north. Skies remain sunny and temperatures look to run close to seasonable for this time of the year.

Stay Up with the Latest

Don't forget you can continue to track this last batch of rain, as it approaches the Brazos Valley. Give your Interactive PinPoint Radar a check before stepping out for the afternoon and evening.

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