Weekend cold front sparks a strong/severe storm potential Saturday night
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - After a dry and hot stretch of days in the Brazos Valley, changes arrives Saturday night as a cold front pushes into Southeast Texas. Good news: needed rain and cooler temperatures look to accompany/follow behind the boundary. Not so good news: a few storms could be strong/severe as they develop and roll into the area, where instances of damaging winds and hail may need to be monitored.
SATURDAY EVENING / SATURDAY NIGHT
By Saturday evening, a cluster of rain and thunderstorms is expected to develop to our north and west. As the cold front advances south, this activity is expected to push into the northern Brazos Valley as early as 7 pm - 9 pm, pushing southbound Saturday night and through the overnight. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has been issued for Milam, Robertson and Leon counties, running through 11 pm Saturday night. Additional counties may be added to this watch as the evening goes on. More details on the watch itself can be found here.
The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe risk in the Brazos Valley as this activity pushes through. A 2 out of 5 “scattered” risk has been brought a bit further south Saturday morning. It now includes a line from Huntsville to Navasota to Brenham and points north. A lower-end 1 out of 5 risk in place for the far southern Brazos Valley. The biggest concerns to monitor should storms require extra attention: damaging wind gusts upwards of 50-60 mph and hail up to the size of quarters. Not every storm will be severe, but will likely be rowdy and noisy as folks settle in for the night and head to bed. Best to keep your PinPoint Weather App nearby and have your notifications turned on to receive weather alerts should we find them Saturday night!
As of Saturday morning’s data, rainfall totals up to 0.5″ - 1″+ look to be possible for those that tap into strong storms and heavier downpours. Slow-moving severe storms could pile up multiple inches of rain in very localized pockets of the Northern Brazos Valley.
Depending on how far south the front can travel before slowing, we’ll keep a scattered chance for lingering rain and non-severe thunderstorms in the forecast Sunday. Temperature-wise, we’ll look to finally find cooler air arrive with morning 60s flipping around to the low 80s by Sunday afternoon. Additional disturbances float across the state next week, keeping the daily chance for rain and storms going with afternoon temperatures generally confined to the 80s. More details on that as we know them!
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