ABC13 Weather Alert Day: Strong line of thunderstorms expected Thursday

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 11:00PM
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Your chance for rain is going up, but first we have to get through another hot, mostly dry day.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A storm front is expected to bring widespread rain on Thursday, and you'll want to stay weather aware as there is a chance some of the storms could produce severe wind gusts and brief street flooding. That's why we've issued an ABC13 Weather Alert Day.

Thursday starts warm but dry with lows around 80. By noon we should see scattered thunderstorms on Live MegaDoppler13 developing north of Houston from College Station to Huntsville to Livingston. These storms will congeal into a line that should sweep through Houston and Harris County sometime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. the storms should blow through our coastal counties and move offshore.

What are the primary severe weather threats?

Severe wind gusts around 60 mph is the primary threat should any storm turn severe, but small hail and a brief tornado cannot be ruled out. Your chance of being near a severe thunderstorm is only 5%, but it's impossible to predict exactly where they will occur. Because the storms should below through Houston around the time of peak heating, they will pack a punch even if they don't turn severe.

How much rain could we get?

Most that get the rain will pick up less than 1", but there will be pockets of 1-3" that could fall quick enough to briefly flood some streets.

Is there anything to watch in the tropics?

A tropical wave near Central America is expected to emerge over the Bay of Campeche Friday. From there it could spin up into a tropical depression or storm before moving into Mexico or Texas this weekend, and we are expecting some of that moisture to move our way this weekend. For the very latest check out our daily tropical update.

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