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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:24 pm

If you’re tired of the rain we hate to tell you more is on the way. Today there is a 40 percent chance of rain, but once the weekend arrives so does the increasing chance for storms.

A weak front moving in from the Pacific is colliding with a high pressure system in the Caribbean and the two are expected to bring heavy rain to the Lower Valley, especially all along the coast. Also adding to the problem is a cold front over northwest Texas that will increase the rain chances.

The National Weather Service in Brownsville says the forecast calls for 70 percent chance of thunderstorms through Monday and 40 percent late next week.

Many of these areas have already been hit by rains since the cold front arrived earlier this week, so the possibility for flooding increases.

Forecasters say between Saturday and Monday they expect three to four inches of rain east of Expressway 77 to the coast, while the mid and Upper Valley should receive one to two and a half inches of rain. Overall, the week’s worth of rain could reach as much as eight inches and create flooding problems in areas with poor drainage.

Daytime temperatures should be in the 70s and drop to the low 60s at night, which is 10 to 15 degrees below average for mid October.

On the water, the winds will bring higher waves to the shore causing the tides to possibly run into the dunes, especially Sunday and Monday during an overnight high tide. Boaters and swimmers are urged to stay out of the water.

dmaldonado@brownsvilleherald.com

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