The Houston area got a much needed soaking on Tuesday, and more rain — which could bring street flooding and traffic jams — is expected on Wednesday.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Wednesday evening. Rain and thunderstorms are expected to produce heavy rainfall and are likely throughout Wednesday. Widespread rainfall will average 2 to 3 inches with isolated amounts of 5 to 7 inches possible, according to the National Weather Service.
Because of the long duration of the rainfall, the agency warns, street flooding may be common Wednesday morning and travel may be severely impacted.
"Expect rush hour to be a mess," said Brian Kyle, a NWS meteorologist.
Jeff Lindner, Harris County Flood Control meteorologist, said the county generally had less than an inch of rain on Tuesday. The Cypress area and areas west of The Woodlands had between 1 and 2 inches of rain. Friendswood received an inch of rain. No significant rises of the creeks and bayous and no street flooding were reported, as of Tuesday evening, Lindner said.
No weather-related fatal wrecks had been reported in the Houston area as of Tuesday evening.
Lindner said with the predicted downpour on Wednesday, some of the smaller channels in the county might create flooding issues during Wednesday's predicted storms.
A couple of days of even heavy rain will not make much of a dent in drought conditions in the Houston area, forecasters said. "But, luckily we're not nearly as dry as we were in 2011," Kyle said.