Drenching Rain Expected for Eastern Texas, Louisiana

January 16, 2011; 6:04 AM ET
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A storm system will deliver drenching rainfall and thunderstorms to end the weekend across parts of Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley.

Rain, heavy at times, will push across eastern Texas and Louisiana today, possibly delivering an inch or more of rain to cities such as Tyler, Texas, and Shreveport, La.

Farther south, thunderstorms embedded within the rainfall area could rumble through coastal northeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, including near Houston, Texas, and Lake Charles, La.

With the Gulf of Mexico enriching the storm with moisture, any thunderstorm could drop a couple inches of rain in less than an hour's time. Fairly cool temperatures should preclude any thunderstorm from becoming severe.

While river flooding is not expected, the rainfall could cause poor drainage and highway flooding. Travelers along I-10, I-45 and I-20 should remain alert for ponding and slow down to avoid hydroplaning.

Rain will taper to showers by tonight over eastern Texas and during the day on Monday toward the lower Mississippi Valley.

Some impressive rainfall totals have already been observed with this storm in Texas. Alice recorded over 3 inches of rain, while Brownsville broke a 131-year-old record with 1.57 inches of rain on Saturday.

While the rain may be ruining some weekend plans, it is much needed. Much of eastern Texas has been dealing with a drought, with rainfall amounts well below normal for the past several months.

Moisture from this storm will race off to the east and help develop a storm along the East Coast which could bring snow or ice to parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Tuesday.

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