Rain gradually eases up this afternoon and evening.

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 5:52 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 11:49 AM CST
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The storm system rolling through Texas is producing severe weather near the coast and heavy snow in the Panhandle. Central Texas is, thankfully, in the perfect zone for a good soaking rain! In all honesty, we’re pretty close to the end of today’s rain. The heaviest rain will push east of I-35 for the remainder of the afternoon and many spots may dry out during the mid/late afternoon! We’re not completely done with the rain yet, however, because wrap around moisture on the back side of this system will bring another chance for rain from roughly 4 PM to 8 PM along and north of Highway 84. By 10 PM, however, all of the rain should be over across Central Texas.

On a widespread basis, today’s rain will produce around a half-inch to an inch of rain. The lower rainfall totals are expected west of I-35 while the highest totals should be found east of I-35. Temperatures today are starting out in the 40s and will stay in the 40s all day. Some spots, especially in the Brazos Valley, may warm up to near 50° but wind chills should stay in the 30s throughout most of the day thanks to gusty winds as high as around 30 MPH. After today’s rain exits, temperatures will gradually drop overnight and settle in the low-to-mid 30s Wednesday morning. We will either not be cold enough or not see freezing temperatures for long enough to bring slick roadways Wednesday morning, so that’s great news! Wednesday will be dry with temperatures warming into the low-to-mid 50s.

Another chance for rain arrives this weekend, Saturday afternoon/evening into Sunday morning, with potentially another round of rain early next week. Rain chances early next week stay very limited, between 20% and 30%, so don’t expect really any appreciable rainfall totals. We have three freezing morning temperatures in the forecast right now, Thursday, Friday, and next Thursday morning, but some forecast models are starting to show another significant shot of colder air potentially arriving late next week into next weekend. It’s far too early for specifics about any sort of precipitation that may or may not fall, it’s far too early to talk about how cold temperatures will get, and it’s far too early to say how long this potential chill will last, but forecast model data is showing temperatures potentially dropping 15° or more below average across the Central U.S. for the first weekend of February. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

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