The weather has been nothing short of spectacular the past few days and the remainder of the weekend is shaping up to be mighty fine as well.
As you enjoy your outdoor plans this weekend, you will want to keep tabs on your weather forecast as we are tracking a storm system that will bring us widespread rains and some heavy thunderstorms most of next week.
The impending storm will move in from the Pacific and set up shop over northern Mexico and extreme west Texas early next week. That will put us and most of the state right in the storm track as jet stream winds blow overhead.
At the same time, plentiful Gulf moisture will combine with lots of Pacific moisture in the upper atmosphere. This will create the setup for some heavy, widespread rains in East Texas, something we have not experienced around here in quite some time.
In addition to the threat for heavy rain next week, a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out as well, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The multiple chances for widespread rainfall will stem from the fact that this low pressure system will slow down and just meander around in the same area for a few days. Due to its slow movement, that will keep high rain chances in the forecast from Tuesday through Thursday of next week, possibly lingering into Friday as well, depending upon how long it takes to move east of our region.
These multiple rain events means we could see two-to-four inches of rain, with some areas receiving even higher amounts before it all winds down late next week.
Due to the recent stretch of dry weather, flooding does not appear to be too big of a concern, especially if the rainfall is spread out over a three or four day period. However, should some heavy storms develop and dump a two or three inches per hour rainfall rate over some saturated grounds, then we could have some flooding issues in a few locations.
Needless to say, this storm is still several days out and the impacts will more than likely change as we get better data on its position and track.
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