Round Two of storms moving into Houston

A broken line of heavy thunderstorms has reached western Harris County as of 8 a.m. CT and will move through the metro region during the next several hours.

These storms could bring an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain to Houston, but fortunately many of the region’s bayous have had a couple of hours to recede.

Brays Bayou at Rice Avenue has receded about 5 feet from its early morning peak. (Harris County FWS)

Brays Bayou at Rice Avenue has receded  5 feet from its early morning peak. (Harris County FWS)

It also appears that the very heaviest rains this morning may fall to the west and north of Houston, over areas less battered by overnight rains.¬†This could spare central and southern parts of the region — Highway 288 is impassable in many locations — from the worst of it. Nevertheless flooding remains possible across the area due to saturated soils and the potential for these storms to drop a lot of rain quickly. Travel is not advised before 11 a.m. or noon.

In addition to the heavy rains severe weather is also likely, including the possibility of tornadoes. The most favorable location, according to NOAA, is to the east-southeast of Houston through 10 a.m. this morning.

Area where tornado formation is most likely for the rest of this morning. (NOAA)

Area where tornado formation is most likely for the rest of this morning. (NOAA)

 

These storms continue to make steady eastward progress, and I still expect clearing to occur during the afternoon hours. Conditions for this evening still look pretty good, with only very scattered light rain possible.

Posted at 8 a.m. Saturday

7 thoughts on “Round Two of storms moving into Houston

  1. Blackhawks Fan

    Rain has stopped around Ellington, but I guess this is temporary.

    Sky is looking a bit more ominous to the south.

  2. Blackhawks Fan

    Round Two just blew through the Ellington/Clear Lake area in the last half hour or so – power was flickering and considerable lightning – now up to 3.9″ in the rain gauge.

  3. Emily Blechman

    Thanks for the updates. We always appreciate your specific thoughts about how rough weather is affecting our area specifically in our flood group.

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