1:20 PM CDT | October 21, 2018
Most folks are seeing a break in the rain this weekend. It is much-needed after weeks and weeks of heavy rainfall. This is already the wettest fall on record in some places, and we still have the rest of October AND November. Unfortunately, moisture from yet another East Pacific tropical system will surge northeast into the state next week. This will bring more heavy rainfall, particularly across the south.
This is a look at the latest 5-day rainfall forecast from NOAA's Weather Prediction Center. You can see many are expected to pick up an additional 1-3" of rain this week. The bulk of this will occur mid-week. Additional flooding is expected, so if you are traveling, keep an eye on the latest road conditions.
If you scroll down, you can see the latest temperature and precipitation anomalies so far this month. The state was warmer than normal through the first 10+ days of the month, but the recent cold snap has dropped monthly averages below normal across the western half of the state. In regards to precipitation, Texas has been the wettest state this month. An amazing turnaround from just a couple months ago! The Eastern US has been warmer than normal this month. The Northeast has seen a recent cool-down, but areas to the south remain warm. The long-range weather models indicate that a trough will dig into the Central and Eastern United States late this week/weekend. If this verifies, it would drop temperatures below normal across this part of the country and chip away at the warm anomalies. For Texas, I believe we will see a colder-than-normal October across the entire state by the time it is all said and done.
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