We’re still on track for increased rain and thunderstorm chances tomorrow through Saturday as a cold front arrives.  Overall rainfall amounts still look pretty skinny, but enough to wet the ground and welcomed by those not hit with the deluge of rain last week.  The front, currently over Kansas, will arrive in the panhandle by early tomorrow afternoon and spark storms across the southern panhandle, west Texas, and into northwest Texas by tomorrow afternoon.  A few of the storms could become strong with gusty winds, lightning, localized heavy downpours with flash flooding being the main threats.  Overnight Friday into early Saturday, the front will continue to push across north Texas dropping past the I-20 corridor by sunrise Saturday.  Rain chances will be likely overnight across north central and northeast Texas before dawn with strong to severe storms unlikely during the overnight hours due to the loss of instability created by daytime heating.  As we move into Saturday afternoon, we’ll be looking at a resurgence of strong storm chances across central and southeast Texas with the front eventually stalling somewhere near the I-10 corridor.  Overall rainfall accumulations look to be less than 1/2 inch for most, but we could see some locally higher amounts for those who end up under one of the more prolific gullywashers.  Additional pop up showers and storms will continue to be possible across southeast Texas on Sunday as the front stalls out across the region.  Temps won’t be all that much lower behind the front, but it will knock out some of the humidity across north and central Texas which will be a welcomed relief from the uber humid days and nights we’ve had over the past few weeks.  Below, we have our first look at some radar graphic’s pulled from tonight’s short range model runs. Stay tuned for additional updates as we head into the weekend!

Friday afternoon Saturday Afternoon Precip thru Sunday evening