Grab your umbrellas and raincoats as light sprinkles this morning are likely to become heavier downpours later today in the Houston area. Temperatures will be mild, though.

A low pressure system developing off the coast of South Texas is moving toward the Houston area.

Drizzle hampered the morning commute today, but the National Weather Service said rain should be heavier for the drive home this afternoon, especially near the coast. An 80 percent chance of showers is forecast for today, increasing to 100 percent tonight.

More rain is likely Thursday, but the downpours will begin moving away to the northeast and by late Thursday evening the precipitation should be gone. Most areas should record up to about 2 inches during the two-day storm, but some areas could receive as much as 4 inches, particularly south of Interstate 10.

Coastal flooding is possible late tonight as heavy east winds up to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph drive high tides further inland than usual. High water could spill into low spots and cover some coastal roadways.

High temperatures each day will be in the lower 50s, which is about 10 degrees below normal. The low will be lower 40 degrees, which is near normal.

Friday is forecast to be dry and cloudy with a high temperature near 50 and low near 40 degrees. Partly cloudy skies are forecast for Saturday, but the sun could peek through Sunday.

The high temperature each day will be in the upper 50s and the low will range from the about 40 degrees to the mid-40s. The next shot at rain is forecast late Sunday night, when a 30 percent chance of showers is possible.

More showers are likely Monday and a slight chance is forecast Tuesday. The high temperature Monday will be near 60 degrees and the low will dip to about 40.

The high temperature Tuesday drops to the upper 40s as another cold front pushes through.


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