Heavy rain expected with potential for flooding

HOUSTON A Flash Flood Watch goes into effect for most of the area this evening through Thursday evening. This is because any heavy rain that falls could quickly lead to flash flooding. The ground is still saturated in many areas from last week's rain, plus our rivers, bayous, etc. are still running high.

A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect now through Thursday evening. This is NOT for rain. This is for strong easterly winds elevating high tides to 3-4' the next couple of days. Most vulnerable spots to flooding will likely be on the Bolivar Peninsula.

If you spot flooding weather conditions in your part of town, please send us your weather photos.

Keeping an eye on the Gulf

Deep tropical moisture from the northern Gulf and from the tropical wave around the Yucatan is responsible for our potential heavy rain event. Drier air will start to move in on Friday.

The Yucatan tropical wave is still pretty disorganized. Conditions are marginal for development: Gulf water temps are warm, but wind shear is a bit of an issue to the north of the system. The National Hurricane Center still lists this wave with a medium chance (40%) of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next couple of days. Whether it develops further or not, we're still tapped into its moisture through at least tomorrow.

Check our Hurricane Guide to keep an eye on the possible development.

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