Quiet weather in Texas this week; Here’s what’s happening across the country
AUSTIN, Texas – While the weather in Texas is usually quite changeable, the next seven days in the Austin area are expected to be on the mild side, with temperatures in the high 70s and slim chances of rain. However, the rest of the United States is still seeing big weather stories.
If you’re traveling over the next few days, or have family further afield, here’s what you need to know regarding the weather across the country.
Widespread rain moved directly from Austin into Louisiana and the Southeast on Tuesday. Over the next 48 hours, rain is expected to hit the region in southern Alabama, Georgia, and especially Florida. The Florida Panhandle is expecting widespread 2 to 3 inches, with more possible in localized areas.
Rainfall rates in South Florida are also significantly higher, with 4 to 6 inches or more likely in areas north of Miami. Both Northwest and South Florida could see flash flooding issues within the next 72 hours.
The wet weather trend continues on the West Coast as California also prepares for a period of heavy rain and snow in the mountains. While rain is always a big problem in California, this coming week will likely drop more rain than the remnants of Hurricane Hillary did in late August.
The first wave of widespread rain and snow in the mountains will come Wednesday into Thursday as a low pressure system in the Pacific Ocean stalls offshore. This will give way to small periods of drier weather on Friday.
Another push from this system on Saturday will bring low pressure ashore, adding more rain to the low country, and more snow to the Sierra Nevada; As it continues eastward, snow will cover the northern Rockies as well.
Since it has been some time since significant amounts of precipitation have occurred in California, rain and snow are viewed as beneficial for now. About 3 to 5 inches will track the shoreline by the end of the week, while statewide precipitation totals will be more like 0.5 to 2 inches.
Hurricane season is coming to an end on November 30, but Mother Nature doesn’t have a calendar. So, here we are in mid-November with an interesting tropical region to watch over the next five days.
While general conditions are expected to help this disturbance organize through the end of the week, it is unlikely to develop into a full-fledged hurricane. Rather, the National Hurricane Center is predicting a tropical depression, which is not as strong. However, its effects will remain on areas in the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. Heavy rain will be the main threat. The impact on the ground will begin by Friday at the earliest.
Tropical watches and warnings may be issued in the above areas this weekend.
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