Heavy rain leaves part of Houston area under water

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Friday, September 11, 2015
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Water rose quickly across parts of the Houston area Friday morning.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Rain this morning led to some high water problems for drivers trying to get around town.

It was especially hard on the northwest side of town. We found water levels on an entry ramp to 529 at nearly 3 feet high. That was just one of the spots where water rose quickly this morning.

The rain is believed to be responsible for a deadly crash on the Southwest Freeway. The driver of a small car struck the back of a tow truck at 59 near the Westpark Tollway that led to that accident.

The slick roads are also believed to be responsible for a nasty crash in southeast Houston. Several cars collided at Woodridge and Office City Drive near the Gulf Freeway and the South Loop. The crash sent several people to the hospital. At this point, we don't know their conditions.

Today's rain is ushering in a cool front that we'll feel tomorrow morning. Rain chances will drop as the dry air blows in, but some showers could linger into tomorrow afternoon south of I-10. Much drier air Sunday morning will drop lows into the mid 60s, and some areas north of Houston could even dip into the upper 50s Monday morning! Afternoon highs will still be in the mid to upper 80s, but we'll catch a nice break in the humidity with lots of sunshine.

The front will stall over the Gulf of Mexico, then push back north after the weekend. Some of the long range forecast models suggest a tropical low could develop along the front as two tropical waves merge with it. It's worth monitoring since we're near the peak of hurricane season, but there is no reason to be too concerned at this time.