The news is mostly good for the Valley this weekend in terms of the weather. An upper-level low-pressure system is going to slide across the state of Texas providing a great opportunity for rain and thunderstorms. A huge swath of the state will have a chance for rain including the Valley.
Starting Friday night, overnight into Saturday, the chance for rain will rise but so will the chance for thunderstorms. The rain we need, the severe weather we don’t. Right now the Storm Prediction Center has the Valley in the lowest risk category for severe weather but, as history teaches us, it only takes a few strong storms out west to churn the air over the Valley into a froth of lighting and hail. So we will watch the atmosphere closely Friday night for any signs of storm development.
The risk of storms will last the weekend but so will the chance for rain and that’s the big bonus here. The Valley is suffering under drought conditions so the rain, any rain, will be welcome. The forecast so far has up to an inch of rain, valley-wide, this weekend but there will be plenty of places getting quite a bit more locally as isolated thunderstorms dump heavier amounts.
The ground remains dry so in turn the flash flood risk remains low but that does not include city streets. Be on the lookout for street flooding anytime it is raining.