Welcome Rainy Days for Texas

December 16, 2011; 7:15 AM ET
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While most of 2011 has been historically dry across the Lone Star State, an active weather pattern over the next couple of weeks could end the year on a wet note.

A stalling front will bring some rain to northeastern Texas today with areas to the south getting spottier showers. While the rain won't be a long-lasting soaker, any rainfall is beneficial to crops and produce.

Looking ahead to early next week, another storm system could be in play for more rain across Texas.

The rain early next week will likely have an easier time putting a dent in the rainfall deficit than today's wet weather.

However, the rain might come at a cost as the threat for severe weather is possible as well.

For many, the rain through next week is a welcome sight since most of Texas has been in the midst of its worst drought in recorded history.

Nearly 44 percent of Texas continues to suffer from an exceptional drought, the worst level of drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

This image of the current drought status in Texas was released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on Dec. 8, 2011.

The good news is that is down from 81 percent three months ago.

Recent rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has already improved drought conditions significantly.

The storm system bringing much-needed rain to Texas early next week also has the potential to produce an area of accumulating snow from the northern Panhandle of Texas into the Midwest.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists will continue to monitor this storm as the week progresses. Residents should check back often for future updates.

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