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Beta Makes Landfall Later Today Near Matagorda Bay

Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 6:02 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 11:22 AM CDT
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Tropical Storm Beta will be the second tropical system to make landfall in Texas this season and the third to impact the state in 2 months. Beta is expected to slowly meander up the Texas coast through this week before finally pulling away Thursday and that’ll keep the weather pattern generally unsettled here in Central Texas. We’re expecting a mostly dry start to the morning but the first rain bands from Beta should rotate through starting in the middle of this morning and lasting through the day. Today’s rain chances are near 60%, mainly near and east of I-35, but we’re not expecting a full day of rain and, in fact, there may be more dry time than rainy periods today. Any showers that rotate through the area may contain breezy winds and locally heavy rain, but flooding is not a major concern. Thanks to the outer rain bands of Beta moving through, morning temperatures starting in the upper 60s and low 70s should stay there all day long. If you see minimal rain today, your temperatures may be warmer this afternoon in the mid 70s.

Beta’s rain bands should continue to rotate through the area tonight and tomorrow too. Rainfall coverage and chances come down slightly since Beta will be slowly weakening, but we’re expecting another day of scattered rain Tuesday with rain chances near 60%. Much like with today’s rain, Tuesday’s best rain chances should be near and especially east of I-35 and some may miss out on rain entirely. We’re expecting rain to start for some in the pre-dawn hours with scattered showers lasting through much of the day. Mostly cloudy skies should allow for temperatures to stay capped in the low-to-mid 70s on Tuesday but as rain chances drop to 30% Wednesday and Beta starts to pull away, highs should warm back into the upper 70s. By the end of this week, we’re expecting highs to rebound into the low-to-mid 80s Thursday and Friday before warming close to the upper 80s this weekend. Although it’s not yet set in stone, some forecast model data is hinting that a cold front may move into the area late Sunday and Monday maybe sparking a bit of rain and giving us some slightly cooler temperatures next week.

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