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Eyes on Friday’s rain/storm chance

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the Brazos Valley in a 2/5 risk for afternoon/evening strong storms
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 10:49 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 5:34 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Tuesday evening’s dry cold front brought unseasonably cool temperatures for the middle of the work week, but a second system moving in Friday will bring a chance for rain and thunderstorms just ahead of the weekend.

High pressure in control Wednesday will gradually shift eastward over the next 24 hours. As it does so, Gulf moisture and added cloud cover will filter back into the Brazos Valley Thursday.

As moisture moves back into the Brazos Valley, the cloud cover will build throughout the day...
As moisture moves back into the Brazos Valley, the cloud cover will build throughout the day with afternoon highs topping off in the low 70s.(KBTX)

This added moisture will help spark up a rain/storm potential Friday as our next storm system approaches, with some storms potentially sitting on the strong-to-severe side. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Storm Prediction Center has the entire Brazos Valley in a 2/5 risk for strong/severe storms ahead of the weekend. Two rounds of activity may be possible locally as this storm system tracks east. The first round could form in the midday-early afternoon timeframe, where storms would be isolated, but all hazards -- hail, wind, and a brief tornado -- would be possible. The second round of activity, likely a line of showers and storms, looks to move through the Brazos Valley from west to east Friday evening. The main threats with this activity look to be strong/damaging winds and hail.

What the radar could look like Friday evening as our next storm system approaches from the west.
What the radar could look like Friday evening as our next storm system approaches from the west.(KBTX)

By the time all is said and done, rainfall totals could sit in the range of 0.5″ - 1.0″+ with localized higher totals in areas that find themselves situated under a stronger thunderstorm or two.

After the associated front pushes through late Friday/early Saturday and storms move east, high pressure moving into the area will calm things down for the weekend. We won’t see near the cool down (if any) that we saw with Tuesday’s front, with temperatures expected to rise into the 80s Saturday and Sunday afternoon thanks to more sunshine in store.

Keep checking back over the next 24-48 hours as we hash out the finer details with the approaching storm system. Latest updates can be found online at kbtx.com and your PinPoint Weather App!

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