Showers likely Friday, but severe storms should stay away from Houston

Friday, March 24, 2023 9:57AM
Showers return, plus here's a look at the severe risk
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Happy Friday! Showers will return, plus here's a look at the severe risk.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Showers are likely Friday ahead of a cool front, but severe weather should stay far away from Houston.

Clouds building back will combine with strong south winds to keep temperatures Friday morning in the low 70s. Isolated showers will be possible for the morning drive, but the highest rain chance for Houston should hold off until the afternoon especially between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. A cap of stable air aloft is likely to prevent the showers from blossoming into big thunderstorms. The cap will be slightly weaker north of Houston, and that's where a thunderstorm could throw down some wind gusts approaching severe limits. Regardless, a strong belt of winds about a mile above the ground could cause the winds to gust up to 40 mph at times, even in the showers.

By evening the rain should be gone, but the lower humidity won't arrive until the wind turn northwesterly early Saturday morning.

How much rain could we get?

Rainfall accumulations Friday look meager at best. Most spots that get rain will measure less than a quarter inch, but if a thunderstorm develops over your neighborhood you could get a quick inch of rain. The good news is no flooding is expected.

How does the weekend weather look behind the weak front on Friday?

Saturday looks very sunny and less humid with afternoon temperatures in the low 80s. After a cool start in the 50s Sunday morning, a warm front will blow in during the day to bring a 60% chance for scattered showers adn thunderstorms, some of which could be strong-to-severe. High temperatures will likely remain in the 70s due to the clouds and rain.

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