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This is the latest five day rainfall graphic just issued by the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) out in Washington DC. The first thing that should be noted is that these rainfall totals are from 7 PM on Saturday through 7 PM on Thursday. Rain chances have been shifted further eastward across Texas, including the i-35 corridor and parts of East Texas. Right now, the heaviest rain amounts are forecasted to fall along and just west of the I-35 corridor with rain amounts of 3 to 5 inches likely. Rain amounts will decrease further to the east, but places such as Tyler and Houston should receive up to an inch of rainfall according to this latest forecast. Areas such as the D/FW Metroplex, Waco, Fort Hood, Austin, Bowie, and Wichita Falls look to be primed to receive 3 to 5 inches of rainfall.
Because of the extreme drought we’re in, most river basins are nearly empty. This will allow for rivers to take in most of the runoff without and flooding issues, however where the rain falls quickly, there could be some flash flooding issues in your normal low lying areas and urban areas. The severe weather threat is low, but we could see an isolated severe thunderstorm this weekend. Rain chances will primarily be Saturday Evening into Sunday.
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