As anticipated, a line of heavy rain showers and severe thunderstorms is moving into western Houston this morning, and will move east through the entire metro area during the morning hours. The main threat from these storms is locally heavy rainfall, and some street flooding. A secondary threat is damaging winds, with gusts up to 50 mph possible. Severe thunderstorms appear to be most likely along, and north of Interstate 10.
These storms have developed along with an upper-level low pressure system, that will also be moving through the region today. The net effect of this is that heavy rainfall will occur with the main line of storms, and light to moderate showers may linger this afternoon. The flooding threat should end around noon, however, when the heavier storms clear the area. I’d expect rain accumulations for most area to be about 1 to 3 inches, with higher, isolated totals of 5 or more inches.
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The rest of this week
After the rain showers end this week, Houston will settle into a more calm, mostly pleasant weather pattern. For most of the work week you can expect somewhat warm days, with highs in the upper 70s to 80 degrees, overnight lows of around 60 degrees—cooler for inland areas, and a bit warmer along the coast—and partly cloudy skies. Rain chances will be near zero after Tuesday morning.
A brief shot of cooler weather finally arrives on Friday or Friday night, which could set the stage for a very pleasant weekend. Rain chances probably won’t return until early next week.
Posted at 6:25am CT on Monday by Eric