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Texas weather: From snow to heavy rain and possible flooding

The state is making resources ready as a storm system moves into Texas

HOUSTON — A storm system is poised to move into Texas Wednesday and Thursday. And when it does, parts of the state could see snow, a wintry mix and possible flooding.

A couple of days ago, it looked like some of the wintry mix could come close to the Houston area, but as the system moves in, it's clear that it won't. The snow will be in the far western parts of the state, like in Amarillo.

Ahead of the weather, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management put resources on standby. Among those resources:

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Two): 4 boat squads; 1 Type III Urban Search And Rescue package
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boats and Teams to support Water Rescue Operations as well as 4-wheel drive vehicles and personnel to support winter weather response operations for stranded motorists.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Emergency Medical Task Force severe weather packages
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT): High Profile Vehicles and winter weather preparation/response equipment and crews
  • Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol: Helicopters with hoist capability
  • Texas Public Utility Commission: Utility Outage monitoring and reporting.

Check weather forecasts: Houston | Dallas-Ft. Worth | Austin | San Antonio | Corpus Christi | Tyler | Beaumont | Waco | Bryan-College Station | Abilene-San Angelo | Midland-Odessa 

What we're expecting in Houston

Here in Houston, we’re expecting plenty of rain between Wednesday and Thursday. 

By 9 a.m. Wednesday, we should have light rain around the area, giving way to heavier showers and storms into the afternoon and evening. 

Heavy rain will hang around on Thursday through the lunch hour, with the heaviest showers to the north and west of Houston. 

In the city, we should see one to three inches of rain, which we can handle with just some minor street flooding. There is only a marginal threat of severe weather, and that's mainly to the east of Houston.

Credit: KHOU
Seven-day forecast for Houston

The rain comes to an end in time for midnight, and then we start 2021 with chilly temperatures with lows in the 30s.

Live interactive radar

Track the rain as it moves into the Houston area on our live interactive radar.

   

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