The New Year is about to turn cold and wet, with potentially heavy rains returning to the Houston area overnight (Tuesday, Jan. 1) and not letting up until Thursday morning.
Most of southeast Texas, including Harris County, is under a flash flood watch through midday Thursday. Temperatures are expected to stay in the low 50s during the day Wednesday through Friday, and dip into the high 30s on Thursday and Friday nights.
Here are the specifics, including links to information about travel, rainfall rates, and bayou conditions, from ReadyHarris.org:
WHAT IS THE DANGER? According to the National Weather Service (NWS), periods of rainfall will be returning to our area late this evening through Thursday morning. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts are possible. With grounds still wet from last week, these rainfall totals could lead to rises on area creeks, rivers and bayous and flooding of low-lying areas. Rainfall could affect driving conditions during tomorrow’s evening commute. Street flooding will be possible.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Residents are encouraged monitor local forecast and road conditions before their afternoon commute on Wednesday and before driving Thursday morning. Drive safely… • If you must travel never drive into high water and use extreme caution at underpasses and low-lying areas where water accumulates. • Always remember to Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! • Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
Stay informed… • Monitor the weather before heading home on Friday and throughout the weekend. • Check driving conditions before getting on roadways by visiting Houston TranStar’s website: www.houstontranstar.org. • View live rainfall rates on the Harris County Flood Warning System Website: www.harriscountyfws.org. • Get updates from trusted sources such as: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston (https://www.weather.gov/hgx/), Harris County Flood Control District (https://www.hcfcd.org/), and ReadyHarris (https://www.readyharris.org/). WHERE YOU CAN LEARN MORE • Local Forecast: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston (https://www.weather.gov/hgx/) • Traffic Conditions: Houston TranStar (https://www.houstontranstar.org/)