Several rainy days are ahead for Deep South Texas, a part of the Lone Star state still dealing with devastating drought conditions.
Unfortunately, the rain won't put much of a dent in what has been an exceptionally long period of dry conditions.
Up to an inch of rain will fall through early next week thanks to a moist flow interacting with an approaching cold front.
The middle and lower Rio Grande Valley, including cities such as Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville, will have the heaviest amounts, generally more than a half an inch.
Lighter amounts are anticipated farther north in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Victoria.
A steady rain is expected through tonight, with periods of light rain and showers expected to continue through at least Monday.
Meteorologist Heather Buchman points out that the Lone Star state has seen improvement in drought conditions thanks to episodes of heavy rain over the past few weeks, especially over northern and eastern parts of the state.
However, the only portion of the state that has seen worsening of drought conditions is across the far southern part, set to receive rain.
As Buchman shows via the U.S. Drought Monitor maps, the Lower Rio Grande Valley had a "moderate" drought advance into an "exceptional" one.
So while Dallas has received about 90 percent of normal rainfall since the beginning of October (6.95 out of a normal 7.61 inches), Brownsville has recorded only a third of normal rainfall (1.96 out of a normal 5.90 inches).
Laredo is worse off yet, with only 17 percent of normal rain falling since Oct. 1.
While the rain forecast to fall through early next week will just be a proverbial drop in the bucket, the slow, several-day nature of the precipitation will be good for short-term relief.
Unfortunately, long-term relief doesn't look to be on the menu for the region.
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