Rainy Week On The Way For Texas, South
Most of the lower 48 will enjoy dry conditions and mild temperatures for the upcoming week, but there will be one big, notable exception.
A series of upper level disturbances will soak the Lone Star State of Texas with ample amounts of moisture to start the week, with six inches or more of rain possible in parts of southeast Texas. The rain starts in western Texas on Sunday evening, slowly overspreading most of the state later on Monday before crawling into Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, northern Alabama and western Tennessee later Monday.
Thunderstorms could be embedded with some of the rain in Louisiana and southeast Texas on Monday and Tuesday, although widespread severe weather isn’t expected at this time.
While most of Texas is above average in rain so far in 2015, parts of Texas and Oklahoma are still mired in a multi-year drought (see the drought monitor map below), and Pacific-originated moisture will help alleviate some of the concerns, particularly for the areas of drought west of San Antonio and Austin. North Texas and especially western Oklahoma won’t see much of the moisture from this system, though some light rain is possible here on Monday and Tuesday.
Areas that receive the highest rainfall totals – likely southeast and central Texas along with coastal Louisiana – could see isolated flooding, although as of Saturday afternoon no flash flood advisories had been posted for the region.
The good news is that no snow or ice will accompany these systems, giving the South a much-needed reprieve from wintry weather after a tough week for northeast Texas and much of Oklahoma and Arkansas in that department.
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Meteorologist Chris Bianchi