Texas: from drought to flooding

It's been a brutally hot and dry summer for Texas. And while above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation are expected during La Nina years, this summer has been particularly bad.

Most of the state is within a drought with a good portion of the state experiencing Level 4 drought conditions, the worst on the drought monitor.

Current drought monitor

Luckily, a change in the weather pattern will lead to more rain chances and cooler temperatures over the coming days. The current forecast suggests a multi-inch rain event for a good chunk of the state over the next seven days.

The heaviest rain is expected to fall from the Texas Hill Country and northern Texas where a widespread 4 to 6 inches is possible. Isolated higher amounts could fall.

7-day WPC rain forecast

Due to the ongoing drought conditions and the expected rainfall over the coming days, isolated flooding will become a concern. Isolated flooding is possible across any part of the state over any given day with a higher concern across west, north, and central Texas.

If you live in a flood-prone area in Texas, just be aware of the forecast and your surroundings. If you come across a roadway covered by water, just turn around.