Scattered storms Friday, widespread rains return next week

Scattered storms Friday, widespread rains return next week
Scattered downpours are possible Friday as the July cool front blows in, and rain chances will come back up in a big way after the weekend.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The July cool front we've been talking about all week is moving through our neck of the woods this morning, bringing a 40% chance of scattered downpours. The bulk of the rain so far has been in two lines of thunderstorms, one west of Houston, another east of Houston... but so far Houston has managed to stay mostly dry with a chance for showers and storms later this morning.

Temperatures today will warm into the upper 80s, still warm, but mild for this time of year.

What's in store for the weekend?

While the highest moisture will sit offshore with the front, there will be enough moisture around for a chance of scattered downpours both days, especially near the coast. Saturday's rain chance is at 30% with Sunday's at 40%. Both days will start in the mid 70s and warm into the low 90s.

Does next week's weather still look stormy?

Absolutely. The tropical moisture and the weak front will push back inland Sunday night as an upper-level low drops down toward Texas. This upper-air storm will stall out for several days next week, generating multiple rounds of thunderstorms with the tropical moisture overhead.

Will these storms bring any severe weather or flooding?

Severe weather looks unlikely at this time, but street flooding is certainly on the table, especially Tuesday and Wednesday. Heavy rain in any storm could lead to localized street flooding for a brief time. Lightning could also briefly knock out the power in neighborhoods where it has been restored.

What are you tracking in the tropics?

Right now, we're tracking plumes of Saharan dust, so no tropical development is expected over the next seven days. We are seeing signs that the tropics could come back to life the first week of June. Head to our daily Tropical Update page for the latest on what's happening in the tropics.

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