We’re almost to the weekend! Houston may experience some potentially dynamic weather this afternoon. But after that the region should see a mostly pleasant weekend.
The much talked about upper-level system has now moved out of the Rocky Mountains, and is pushing a line of showers and thunderstorms to the east. As of 6:30am CT these storms were still well west of Interstate 35, so they won’t reach the Houston area until this afternoon.
My thoughts remain much the same as they’ve been this week—this should be a fairly fast moving line of storms, and while there is the potential for some thunderstorms, I think the bulk of the severe weather should remain to the north-northeast of the Houston metro area. In terms of rainfall, accumulations for most areas should be around 0.5 inch, or less, as the storms continue to move at a good clip through the region. They’ll probably reach the region at some point after about 1pm and then exit this evening. Some rain, frankly, would be helpful in dissipating the heavy pollen.
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Saturday and Sunday
A very weak cold front will trail these storms, and this should move across Houston on Saturday morning. Some brief rain showers are possible with this passage, but I’m not overly bullish on rain. In any case, both weekend days should see partly to mostly sunny skies, highs in the low 80s, and overnight lows in the low- to mid-60s. We can’t rule out the return of some rain to northern parts of the metro area Sunday night, but again I’m not really expecting that.
Monday and Tuesday should be pleasant, if warm for late March, with highs again in the low-80s, and mostly sunny skies. The next point of concern will come around Wednesday, when another upper-level system seems likely to produce a line of showers and thunderstorms at the surface across the southern plains. Some severe weather could well be embedded in these storms, but it may again be a situation where the worst of it is north of Houston. We’ll continue watching it for you.
Posted at 6:50am CT on Friday by Eric