Some much-needed rain will fall over eastern Texas today and tonight, but it could come at the cost of some severe thunderstorms.
This rainy pattern will continue through Tuesday, bringing some parts of the region 2-4 inches of rainfall when all is said and done.
The same feature that brought some snow to Denver and the Colorado Rockies has translated southeastward into Texas. This feature has translated into a large area of low pressure over southern Texas.
Moisture from the Gulf will interact with these dynamics, thereby sparking the continued development of rain and drizzle today from San Antonio, Texas, through Little Rock, Ark.
Rain will continue to increase in coverage and intensity today, spreading soaking rains from central and eastern Texas through Louisiana, southern Arkansas, and central parts of the Gulf Coast. Other showers will be found farther east across the Deep South.
Thunderstorms will accompany the rain, and a few of the storms could turn briefly severe with strong wind gusts and hail a possibility.
An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out either. It is possible that any tornado could be rain-wrapped, or nearly hidden within the heavy rain.
The rain will fall steadily through tonight, especially from Houston and Tyler, Texas, through New Orleans, La., and Jackson, Miss.
These areas desperately need the rainfall as drought continues to plague much of the region.
Most of southeastern Texas and the western part of Louisiana continue to suffer from severe to extreme drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
A bull's-eye of 2 to 4 inches of rainfall is likely from eastern Texas through most of Louisiana and western Mississippi which will help to put a dent in the ongoing drought.
This rainfall won't be heavy enough to cause any major flooding problems; however, some ponding on area roadways and poor-drainage areas will be likely.
The morning and evening commutes will also be tricky around Houston and Dallas.
Always remember to take it slow in wet weather and allow plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you.
On Tuesday, this low pressure system will begin to lift northeastward, setting its sights on the eastern part of the country Wednesday and Wednesday night.
Unfortunately for snow lovers, the favored form of precipitation will once again be rain from Washington, D.C., through New York City and Boston.
Though behind it, residents of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will receive another blast of cold, Canadian air for the end of the week. More details to come about that in the coming days, so, stay tuned to AccuWeather.com.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger contributed to the content of this story.
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