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Soggy few days ahead for Houston

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 8:29 am, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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The Houston region is expected to dry out for at least a day after recent rainfall, but another round of showers may be possible later in the week as a mild cold front pushes through.

A front sparked showers in much of the region Monday, dropping about a half-inch in the metropolitan area. Forecasters said some spots near Reliant and the Texas Medical Center recorded between about three-quarters and an inch of rain. Another front is likely to hit sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, sparking more showers and thunderstorms, said Chris McKinney, a meteorologist with the weather service. Mckinney said the area will probably dry out on the weekend, though a slight chance of rain could be possible Sunday.

On Tuesday, the high temperature will be about 68 degrees under mostly sunny skies. The low will be near 48.

Clouds will likely build above the region and showers and thunderstorms are possible Wednesday as a Pacific cold front approaches the region, McKinney said. The high will be near 72. The low will be about 62.

A 70 percent chance of rain is possible, especially after about 1 p.m., and McKinney said the best chances for rainfall may be north and east of a line from Galveston to Katy to College Station.

More rain is possible Thursday, with a 60 percent chance is forecast, particularly between about 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. The high will be about 76 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The low will be near 62. Breezy southeast winds will be between about 10 mph and 20 mph. Rain chances drop to about 40 percent at night.

The sun will probably peek out Friday, when a 20 percent chance of showers is possible. The high will be about 68 degrees under partly sunny skies. The low will be near 50.

The area likely will be mostly dry on the weekend. The highs Saturday and Sunday will be near 70. The lows will be between the lower and upper 50s. A 20 percent chance of rain may be possible Sunday.