Rain & storms moving in from the west; Flood Watch issued for some
Wide range in rainfall totals possible from one side of the Brazos Valley to the other
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As tropical moisture from Pamela meets up with Gulf moisture in place and a cold front moving south, eyes will be out west Wednesday night as a cluster of rain and storms in West Texas tracks towards the I-35 corridor. This rain and storm activity is expected to push into parts of the Brazos Valley after midnight, making for a soggy and rumbly start for some Thursday. A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Milam, Robertson, and Leon counties and a FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Lee County, both running through 7pm Thursday.
Plan on keeping the rain gear nearby, especially for the morning commute and as the kids are headed off to school. The cluster of rain and storms will continue to move in from the west and off to the east through at least the first half of the day, scattering out through the afternoon.
An isolated wind concern may need to be monitored as these storms push into the Brazos Valley, but the overall threat for severe weather with this round of activity is low. We’ll keep eyes on pockets of heavy rainfall and minor flooding issues, especially in low-lying areas/common trouble spots that find themselves under a few stronger storms and heavier downpours.
By the time all is said and done, a wide range in rainfall totals may be found from one side of the Brazos Valley to the other. As rain moves in off I-35 during the early hours of Thursday morning, rainfall rates of 1″ to 3″ per hour will be possible. Generally, those west of the Navasota River have the potential to collect a widespread 0.5′ to 2″ of rain, but a few localized pockets of 3″ to 6″ is not ruled out. For counties east of the river, the rainfall gradient sharply drops off, with less than 1″ expected, for some significantly less.
After the rain and storm activity Thursday, only an isolated chance for rain is in the forecast Friday. A front moves through just in time for the weekend, setting us up for a beautiful one at that as drier and cooler air filters into the Brazos Valley.
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