AUSTIN, Texas (KBTX) Gov. Greg Abbott Friday ordered the Texas State Operations Center to step up its readiness level as a major storm system swept into the state that could produce heavy rain and flooding in the Brazos Valley.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8am Saturday for most of the KBTX viewing area.
Heavy rain is expected through 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday morning, with additional inches of rain possible in isolated areas.
Water was reported over the road at State Highway 6 and OSR Friday afternoon in Robertson County.
Leaves and branches could also create more problems for residents.
"There are a lot of fall leaves sitting along curbs on streets this morning. That is our path to get water off streets and out of the city. If you find a break in the rain and can get them away from storm drains, that would be helpful," said KBTX Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley.
“Texas is prepared to respond and offer the necessary assistance to local communities as they deal with the impact of this storm,” Gov. Abbott said.
This episode of heavy rainfall will result in isolated flash flooding along area roadways, underpasses and low lying areas as well as small creeks and tributaries. The heavy rainfall and runoff will likely lead to flooding on some of the mainstem rivers as well.
Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of floods and flash floods. If flash flooding is observed...act quickly. Move up to escape flood waters. Do not stay in areas subject to flooding when water begins rising.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action as Flash Flood warnings or River Flood warnings are issued.
Three to six inches of snow is possible across parts of the Texas Panhandle.