Strong thunderstorms threaten both commutes on Wednesday

HOUSTON - We are once again monitoring for the possibility of strong to severe thunderstorms heading into your Wednesday.

The bad news is that the gorgeous weather is coming to an end. The good news is the weather turns equally as pretty beginning Thursday and will last for the next 7 to 10 days!

Seen above, the Storm Prediction Center has placed most of southeast Texas under a 'Slight Risk' of severe weather heading into Wednesday. This is a level 2 of 5 on how dire the situation is. In short, not all that dire. 

I don't want to downplay the situation too much however. Any storm that develops Wednesday, whether morning or evening, will have the opportunity to turn severe. The main threats right now appear to be straight line winds in excess of 30 to 50 mph and small hail.

An isolated tornado can't be ruled out either.

There will be two distinct periods of rain and storms. The first will be in the early morning hours (4 a.m. until 10 a.m.) and again in the early to late evening (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

The morning rain, as seen in the top image, shows light to moderate rain for the morning commute. Some of these storms in association with the warm front could be strong, especially in our southwest counties. For the remainder of the city, it appears it'll be just light to moderate rain making for a wet and slow morning drive.

The afternoon storms arrive with the front around 7 p.m. for our northern counties. As seen in the bottom image the squall line will be pushing into The Woodlands around 8 p.m., downtown by 9 p.m. and offshore by 10:30 p.m. 

Again, the main threat with this will be some gusty winds and maybe some small hail. Tornadoes, while possible, will be in the slim chance category. 

Once the front clears the coast, look for rapid clearing. Thursday is turning out to be quite beautiful along with the rest of the week and weekend! 

 

 

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