Rain Monday: Here’s what to expect & when
Localized totals 3″+ not ruled out for pockets of the Brazos Valley
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The vast majority of April’s rain is set to fall Monday! After a morning of increasing rain and thunderstorm coverage, additional activity is expected to continue through the afternoon/early evening hours. We’ll still monitor for a very low risk of an isolated severe storm through at least mid-afternoon, but the main impacts look to be heavy, soaking rain and some quick gusty wind.
Before Monday, Bryan-College Station only managed to collect 0.05″ of rain this month at Easterwood Airport. As of 1 p.m. Monday, soaking rains have already dropped 1.97″ of rain officially, with more on the way through the afternoon! While this is much-needed rainfall, a few areas of minor street flooding have been found in poor drainage and low-lying areas. A few Flood Advisories have been issued for parts of the Brazos Valley (one including BCS), running through the first half of Monday afternoon.
Continue to use caution on area streets, especially in common trouble spots where water could build up on the sides of roadways, particularly during the drive home from school and work. The entire Brazos Valley is still included in the Weather Prediction Center’s Level 1 out of 4 risk for flash flooding.
The entire Brazos Valley has been included in the Weather Prediction Center’s Level 1 out of 4 risk for flash flooding. While not a widespread concern, ponding of water on streets and roads, along with minor low-lying flooding could be a concern at times, particularly during the drive home from school and work. The good news is, at least initially, most of what falls should be happily slurped up by the dry ground considering the recent lack of rain.
12:40 p.m. Monday Social Update:
- AFTERNOON - EARLY EVENING: Widespread rain and thunderstorms are anticipated along and behind the slow-moving cold front as it pushes southbound this afternoon. Widespread rai and non-severe storms have managed to linger behind the front, and should continue into the early evening hours. Stronger storms may produce heavy rain during this time.
- EVENING - OVERNIGHT: Widespread and heavy rainfall should slowly start to dwindle and move south around dinnertime and through sunset. Scattered showers are will continue to be possible anytime between Monday evening and the early hours of Tuesday.
- TUESDAY: Scattered, generally light, showers are possible during the first part of the day.
ISOLATED STRONG / SEVERE STORMS
The overall concern/threat for severe weather is LOW, but not zero Monday. The chance for a few stronger storms to develop will primarily occur if activity can form during the mid-morning to early afternoon hours. The main concern would be strong wind gusts 30-60mph as heavy rain develops in spots. The strongest activity of the day could produce a brief hail concern, up to the size of pocket change.
Otherwise, the low risk of flash flooding could lead to a couple of flood advisories being issued by the National Weather Service.
Any rainfall up to 3″ would be helpful to push back abnormally dry and drought conditions in the Brazos Valley. While helpful, this could create a few inconvenient moments getting around the Brazos Valley to start the week. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to drive for the commute home or for any evening plans.
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