Tuesday Evening Weather Blog (3/25): Grab the Umbrella...

Pure perfection across the Brazos Valley on Tuesday as sunshine and mild temperatures graced the area. We'll look for the weather to change -- but not necessarily for the worse. Much needed rain is in the forecast over the next few days.

Let it Rain

As of Tuesday, Bryan / College Station was sitting 4.93" BEHIND on rainfall for the year. In fact, since January 1st, Easterwood Airport has only manged to collect 3.73" of rain. By this time last year (2013), the area had already picked up 7.87" of the wet stuff -- still considered "low" when compared to the climate average.

Here is what is important to take away from this: are we in a horrible hole that we can't get out of? No. But sitting almost 5" behind at a time of year when we look to pick up enough rainfall to get us through the summer -- yes...and we will have to do some work to make up for it.

Work that will hopefully start Wednesday.

An upper-level low was located over Southern Arizona Tuesday evening, slowly spinning its counter-clockwise self towards the Texas Panhandle (due there by sunrise Wednesday).

As that area of disturbed weather arrives in Northwest Texas and continues its trek towards Oklahoma -- we'll look for scattered rain chances to increase across the area.

Don't find rain on Wednesday -- no worries, we've got another shot at it on Thursday.

Wednesday Rain Timeline

Waking up to cloudy conditions Wednesday morning -- with a slight shot at a few small showers by sunrise.

That scattered rain chance will pick up by mid-morning, and looks to remain the best through the mid-afternoon hours.

While the plan is for the rain to hold off for both your morning and evening commute, there could be a few early risers / lingering showers.

Essentially, the 50% chance for scattered rain looks good -- however, totals / rain rates are expected to remain light.

Thursday Rain Chance

As mentioned a bit earlier -- miss out Wednesday? No worries, we'll give it another try on Thursday.

As moist air rushes in early in the day, it'll eventually bump up against an area of dry air moving in from the north and west.

Those two air masses clashing will bring up another 50% chance of showers and (this time) thunderstorms across the Brazos Valley by the afternoon.

Should a thunderstorm or two manage to form, it could bring:

  • Thunder

  • Lightning

  • Brief, Heavy Rain

  • Gusty Winds (less than 60mph)

  • Small Hail

While severe weather is not anticipated, it wouldn't be out of the question for one thunderstorm to grow too big for its britches -- and for that reason, we'll be monitoring the situation closely.

Stay Up To Date

Don't forget you can check Interactive PinPoint Radar at anytime.

Snag an umbrella before heading out -- we'll keep you up to date of any developing rain as it rolls through the area.

-- Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley

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