Expect more showers Friday and Saturday before Houston clears next week

Let’s face it, Tuesday’s cool front hasn’t done a whole lot of cooling. While some parts of Houston have fallen into the upper 50s, most of the central and southern part of the region have only fallen into the low 60s. We’ll have to wait until this weekend for a somewhat stronger front.

Today

Mostly cloudy skies and an easterly wind should hold temperatures today down to about 70 degrees, but there should be no rain. Clouds and winds shifting to the southeast tonight will preclude overnight lows from falling further than into the mid-60s for all but far inland areas.

Thursday

While we can’t rule out the possibility of some scattered showers on Thursday, as moisture levels rise, it looks like most of the area will remain dry. Skies will again be mostly cloudy, with temperatures rising into the mid- to upper-70s.

Friday and Saturday

A combination of increased moisture levels, and lower pressure systems moving in from the west will lead to the likelihood of rain showers and potentially some thunderstorms on both Friday and Saturday. In terms of accumulations I don’t think the area will be looking at more than 1 to 2 inches of rain—with isolated totals a bit higher than that—during the end of the week.

NOAA rain accumulation forecast for now through Sunday morning. (Weather Bell)

But this could certainly put a damper on some outdoor activities this weekend. Highs will remain in the upper 70s despite mostly cloudy skies. The best chance of thunderstorms will likely come late Saturday night, or early Sunday, as a cold front moves through the area.

Sunday and beyond

This front should have a little bit of sticking power. In its wake the region should see sunny conditions from Sunday through the middle of next week, with high temperatures in the low to mid-70s, and lows in the 50s for much of the area (the coast may be a tad warmer). In short, if we can get through some more storms to end this week, next week looks quite nice!

Posted at 6:55am CT on Wednesday by Eric

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