Barry pointed toward Louisiana, indirect weekend impacts locally

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) -- Friday morning Update:

As Barry begins to organize, the messaging is largely the same for the Brazos Valley going into the weekend.

Less humid air can be enjoyed through the weekend, with our best chance at passing rain and a few thunderstorms coming by Saturday afternoon/evening.

The Weather Prediction Center has outlined a portion of Southeast Texas in the "marginal" risk category for excessive rainfall beginning Saturday. This falls just outside of the Brazos Valley, but we'll watch any outward bound rain bands from Barry carefully through the weekend.


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All indications from forecast data points to Tropical Storm Barry making landfall in Louisiana by the beginning of the weekend. Even with the center of this storm 200 - 300 miles from the Brazos Valley, indirect impacts are possible.

Flooding rain to the tune of 15 to 25 inches, strong wind in excess of 70mph, and storm surge as high as 3 to 6 feet are anticipated for Louisiana over the next 48 hours. Tropical storm conditions could begin as early as mid-to-late afternoon Friday.

The greatest of those direct impacts are expected anywhere from Central Louisiana to the coast of Mississippi. By late weekend into early next week, tropical rainfall will continue to bring a flood concern to parts of Arkansas, Tennesee, and Kentucky.

As for the Brazos Valley -- while we are very far away from direct impacts, there will some side effects from Tropical Storm Barry.

• Friday night into early Saturday morning: Wind gusts 20 - 25mph will be possible from the Brazos River and points east
• Fluctuating humidity will slosh back and forth Friday through Monday. Waves of higher tropical, atmospheric moisture will have it feeling muggy only to be replaced by slightly drier air for a stretch of time
• Scattered rain and a few thunderstorms / downpours are possible for those along and east of the Navasota River Saturday afternoon and evening (if an outer band of rain around the flow of Barry can stretch as far west as Texas)

All in all, the weekend will look like any standard mid-July day would here in the Brazos Valley. While the changes and impacts from Barry will be subtle and unnoticeable for many, there will be some minor changes in our weather because of the tropical system.