Enhancing cold air leads to an active weekend
TEXAS, USA – After a cold front arrived in West Texas last Monday, it was a wet week for the Concho Valley and Big Country. As a series of upper-level disturbances pass over West Texas, we have seen intermittent rain and thunderstorms throughout this week.
Quite frankly, I think this change in pattern is something that will be welcomed throughout West Texas. At San Angelo Regional Airport/Matthes Field on Tuesday, we received over 2 inches of rain. So far we’ve received more rain in September this year than we normally receive for the entire month – and only half of what we receive for the month. And after how dry our summers have been, this is definitely in demand throughout West Texas.
We’ve also seen below normal temperatures this week. There were no fewer than normal days throughout the entire month of August, so this is definitely a welcome change. It will be a great night for football and other plans, temperature-wise, but some rain chances could impact the plans of some West Texans.
From Friday night into Saturday morning, a secondary cold front is expected to pass through West Texas. The temperature change won’t be as drastic as the previous front, but it will enhance the below-average temperatures we’ve seen.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma placed West Texas at a slight risk (2/5) for severe weather on Friday. Any storms moving across the area could have gusty winds (60+ mph) and diameters greater than one inch.
Given the amount of rain that has fallen across West Texas, flash flooding is also a concern. The pop-up thunderstorms will likely bring heavy rain that will likely lead to some flooding throughout West Texas.
Remember: turn around and don’t sink.
Thunderstorms are expected to arrive Friday after 6 p.m., and unfortunately, this could delay some Friday Night Football games and other plans. Make sure you bring rain gear with you for any plans, and have a way to receive weather alerts.
Above is what the radar could look like on Friday evening. I expect people to hear some thunder overnight with storms expected to continue into Saturday morning. Friday night into Saturday morning looks to be the highest coverage of rain and thunderstorms this weekend.
There will be scattered rain and thunderstorms around noon on Saturday, and the same situation will be repeated on Sunday, but with less coverage. With clouds and rain, it will also be seasonally cool with highs in the 80s. After a summer filled with record temperatures, the outdoors will continue to feel good throughout West Texas.
This weekend, I expect most places to receive less than a half-inch of rain. However, there could be locally higher amounts across West Texas thanks to pockets of heavy rain.
For any weekend plans, be sure to take an umbrella with you. Be sure to stay tuned here at FOX West Texas for the latest weather updates and any weather warnings.
Low water crossings to avoid in San Angelo after heavy rain:
Jackson Street from Knickerbocker Road to South Bryant Street
Howard and Webster Streets
College Hills Road and Millbrook Drive
Southwest Boulevard and Loop 306
Parkwood and Lindenwood streets
1500 block of Spaulding Street
300 block of North Archer Street
Sol Ross Street at the Red Arroyo Crossing
North River Street and West First Street
Tres Rios and Leicester Streets
1800 block of Preusser Street
1700 block of Coca Street
Low water crossings in Abilene to avoid:
Intersections along Button Willow Parkway
Curry Lake from Clack to Catclaw
Intersections along Sammons Street
Texas Avenue at Arnold Street
FM 3308 crossing fee
Sunset between South First and Second Streets
Hartford, Redbird and Corsicana streets
US Hwy 84 crosses Little Elm Creek
North 6th and Willis Street
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