Rain creates hazardous conditions ahead of commute

By Eric Braate - Weather Executive Producer, Taisha Walker - Reporter

HOUSTON - The greater Houston area is under a flash flood watch until noon Thursday.

The flash flood watch includes Walker, San Jacinto, Polk, Burleson, Brazos, Washington, Grimes, Montgomery, Liberty, Austin, Waller, Harris, Chambers, Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties.

Heavy rain began moving into the region Wednesday, causing hazardous driving conditions and prompting several areal flood advisories.

Overnight rainfall was confined to coastal areas, but inland showers and embedded downpours will re-develop for the morning commute on Thursday.

Driving will remain hazardous in areas where rain is falling, so exercise extreme caution while on the road. If you encounter a water-covered stretch of road, do not attempt to drive through it.

Rainfall totals Thursday morning will be under one inch for most locations and any flooding is expected to be minor.

VIDEO: KPRC2 reporter Taisha Walker gives us a look around Houston as it rains

The heaviest rain was in Montgomery County in The Woodlands area. It was coming down swiftly. Light ponding on the shoulder on I-45 heading south inbound. KPRC2 reporter, Taisha Walker had the least visibility there. 

In Conroe and Spring, the rain was moderate and steady. Further south in Galveston County it was more of a mist.

Despite the road conditions, Walker did not see any accidents while driving around the city.

Rain will taper off between 9 a.m. and noon, with mainly dry conditions through the afternoon. Temperatures will also drop from the 50s into the 40s.

Sunshine will take over on Friday, as a ridge of high pressure brings tranquil weather to southeast Texas as we head into the weekend. 

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