A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for Lee County until 4am. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms -- containing gusty winds, heavy rain, thunder, & lightning -- is sliding east toward the Brazos Valley. Rain & storms are expected in the area through the pre-sunrise hours.
Tuesday was a day to thaw out, across the Brazos Valley, after a round of rain & freezing rain moved through the area. Another freeze and a secondary cold front is in the forecast, heading into the middle of the week.
Ice / Rain Totals
Widespread rain fell across the Brazos Valley Monday evening / early Tuesday morning. While precipitation fell as a "warm" (above 40°) liquid rain, freezing temperatures at the surface (near the ground) caused that rain to accumulate on bridges, overpasses, cars, trees, and other elevated surfaces.
When it was all said and frozen -- ice accumulations ranged anywhere from 0.10" to 0.25".
As it melted, that ice created much needed, slow, soaking moisture across the Brazos Valley. Area "rain" totals are as follows:
Another Freeze Expected
Afternoon highs ranged between the mid / upper 40s (in the Northern Brazos Valley) to just above freezing (in the Southeastern corner of the area).
Overnight lows will steadily fall towards freezing, under a mostly cloudy sky.
By morning, temperatures are expected to range between the upper 20s to low 30s:
Forecast Lows for Wednesday, March 5th
Due to soggy grounds and a light east wind turning into the area, a bit of light, patchy fog could develop across the Brazos Valley by Sunrise Wednesday.
Should that fog form, it could become "freezing fog" -- essentially fog that exists as temperatures are at or below 32°. Widespread travel problems are not expected, however, you'll likely need to keep the defrost on for your Wednesday morning commute.
Weak Wednesday Cold Front
Wednesday brings another day of mostly cloudy conditions and temperatures running around 15° off their mark (for the colder, compared to average early March temperatures).
While this won't be an overly stout cold front, it will help keep afternoon highs in the 50s.
Winds turn breezy, from the north, at 10-15mph on Thursday. Even with the higher wind speeds, sunshine will allow temperatures to climb back into the low 60s by the afternoon hours.
Another Significant Rain Event?
Looks like it could be possible for your weekend plans.
Another strong, upper-level weather system will swing through the Southern branch of the jet stream, towards Texas, by Saturday and (especially Sunday).
Possible, scattered showers and 60s look to be the theme for Saturday, followed by a more widespread rain and 50s on Sunday.
Still plenty of details to fine tune over the next couple of days -- but don't put away the jackets or umbrellas, just yet.
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