Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley area are bracing for a prolonged period of rainy and cooler weather due to an approaching cold front.
According to the National Weather Service in Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, the cold front is expected to arrive late Thursday night through Brownsville and the rest of the Valley.
Following the arrival of the cold front, temperatures will drop into the upper 50s to low 60s during the day on Friday. This will result in a cooler and damp environment.
There's a 70 to 80 % chance of rainfall on Saturday, which is Veterans Day, and temperatures are expected to be in the 60s, but it may feel somewhat cooler due to the rain and wind.
The forecasted rainy and cold conditions prompted the cancellation of several Veterans Day events that had been scheduled to take place on Saturday.
The region is expected to receive significant rainfall during this period. Rainfall amounts between 2 to 4 inches are expected Valley-wide, with higher amounts anticipated in Willacy and Kenedy counties. Isolated amounts of 5 inches or more could occur closer to the coast, the NWS reports.
The cold front will bring a 60% to 80% chance of scattered thunderstorms, and some of these storms may produce heavy rainfall at times. Thunderstorms can bring localized heavy downpours and the potential for flash flooding.
With the persistent rainfall, there is a possibility of ponding of water on low-lying roads. This could impact travel and driving conditions, so caution is advised.
The NWS reports that over the weekend, high temperatures will remain in the upper 50s to mid-60s, and lows will be in the mid to upper 50s. The weather will be damp and breezy during this period, so it will feel cooler due to the rain and wind.
Residents and travelers in the area should stay updated on weather forecasts and any advisories issued by local authorities and the National Weather Service. Take appropriate precautions, especially when driving in wet conditions, and be prepared for the extended period of rainy weather.