Flooding Possible for Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas

January 9, 2013

A series of storm systems that tracked across the US at the end of 2012 led to a good deal of snow pack in many parts of the country. Since that activity, there has not been any serious weather in the US but that is about to change. A new storm is now moving from the west and with temperatures warmer than usual for this time of the year, this system will drop mostly rain with the exception of parts of western Texas that is due to get some snow.

Rain and thunderstorms are being forecast for Texas and Louisiana mid-week. The storm system is going to move on a north, northeastern track to spread to other portions of the South late Wednesday and early Thursday. Rainfall is going to be heavy at times which will be beneficial for parts of Texas that have been very dry. However, heavy rains on dry ground often lead to flash floods. If forecasters are right and over three inches of rain falls, there will very likely be some significant flash flooding taking place. In addition to heavy rain, there is a chance of tornado activity in portions of Texas and Louisiana along the coastline so residents there are being told to keep an eye of the weather and to be prepared to take cover if tornadoes are spotted.

People living in mid to western Texas including those in the Houston area are being told that between 2 and 4 inches of rain could fall Wednesday and Thursday with some local rainfall amounts possibly totaling 7 inches. Couple that kind of rain with lightening and winds gusting between 40 and 60 miles per hour and you get some extreme weather that’s sure to cause problems.
Due to the imminent threat of severe weather, Fort Bend, Harris and Houston counties in Texas have already activated their emergency operation facilities. Forecasters are saying that this system is going to be the cause of the most rain seen in this part of the country for several months and that it is sure to cause flooding as the ground simply won’t be able to absorb it all.

The wet and wild weather is going to move up into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Thursday where temperatures are hovering above 32 degrees. This means that the rain that does fall will melt much of the snow that is on the ground. Some parts of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan may see up to one inch of rain fall which is quite unusual for this time of the year.

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