Another Round of Severe Flooding North of Houston

I guess maybe this is round 3? 4? I’ve lost count. Either way, another slow moving, training area of heavy 1-2″ per hour rainfall continues north and west of Houston this afternoon. The radar as of 4 PM looks like this:

4 PM radar shows heavy rain and thunderstorms sliding south and east into Houston (GR Level 3).

4 PM radar shows heavy rain and thunderstorms sliding south and east into Houston (GR Level 3).

For most of the afternoon, this has been slow to move. While it’s still crawling, the heaviest rainfall is actually showing signs of progress south and east. For those of you looking to get a jump start on getting out of town for Memorial Day Weekend, I suggest you hang tight. Heavy rain is arriving in Downtown Houston as I write this, and areas south and east of the city, largely spared this week, will see heavy rain and thunder as well this evening.

Up north, it’s a disaster in spots, with another 3-6″ falling in the Spring Creek Basin, including The Woodlands and surrounding areas. This has forced Spring Creek to near or above record levels at both FM 2978 and Highway 249, higher than Tax Day by one foot or more.

Afternoon rainfall through 4 PM. (Harris County Flood Control)

Afternoon rainfall through 4 PM. (Harris County Flood Control)

The rain should begin to taper off through early evening up that way thankfully. Heavy rains will march south and east, and if the latest HRRR model is to be believed, they’ll be offshore by late evening. Fingers crossed.

HRRR model forecast through evening shows rain finally, mercifully pushing offshore and ending. (Weather Bell)

HRRR model forecast through evening shows rain finally, mercifully pushing offshore and ending. (Weather Bell)

We’ll have an update on the rest of the weekend in the morning (I’ll be active on Twitter through evening), but I think it can only get better from here. Be safe, be smart, never drive through flooded roadways, and take your time if you absolutely have to travel this evening around Southeast Texas.

Posted: 4:10 PM Friday by Matt Lanza

8 thoughts on “Another Round of Severe Flooding North of Houston

  1. tanstaafl

    4.5″ of rain in the past 12 hours in the Champions area. Cypress Creek almost out of its banks again (at 4:45PM)!! I am glad to see the storms moving south.

  2. Tejas

    Thank you Matt for the update. It’s been raining relentlessly here in the Cypress area. It seems like it’s starting to taper off, although the thunder and lightening is still intense. Got my peeps home in one piece though!

  3. Blackhawks Fan

    A few spurts of rain on the SE side (I mean no more than 30 seconds at a time) as of 5 PM. Looks like a good night to stay home and watch TV. Assuming the satellite signal doesn’t go out.

  4. Kai

    Matt and Eric, when do you think we’ll be done with the wet weather? Will we get a rain-free week soon?

    Thanks

    1. Matt

      I don’t want to jinx things, but while the next week or so looks unsettled, I may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel finally in 10-12 days or so. Fingers crossed. Unfortunately that means hotter weather, but I think we’re all ok with that versus the alternative right now.

    1. Matt

      As long as it’s reusable…at this rate we’re going to run out of animals to load on board because of how often it rains like this.

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