We managed a fairly sunny day before cloud cover began to increase markedly this afternoon. That sunshine helped temperatures rise to highs in the upper 40s and near 50 across most of the area. Increasing clouds are the first sign of a storm system that will impact us tomorrow and into tomorrow night.

Through Tonight: Clouds increase and lower through the night as a storm system approaches. Scattered showers may begin to move into western areas in the hours after midnight and should tend to spread across the region by sunrise. There could be a little bit of sleet mixed in initially, particularly north and west of the city, but it should go over to all rain fairly quickly. Lows range from the mid-30s to near 40.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Rain showers, perhaps still mixed with sleet somewhere early, are possible in the morning. An additional batch or three of showers may swing through during the day as well, though I think a good part will be precipitation free as we spend time between batches and more consistent activity along the cold front. Rain odds go up again during the evening, or overnight, as the front moves through. Before that, highs reach the mid-40s to near 50.

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Southern severe weather: When it rains, it pours. Drought-stricken Texas, which has seem some much needed rainstorms this winter, saw another with parts of the state getting as much as 6-8” of rain since yesterday. Those totals have been more than enough to cause some flooding in portions of the state. Additionally, severe weather -- including tornadoes in southeast Texas -- continues to march east into Louisiana. A Tornado Watch is now up for much of the state, and storms may encroach upon our meteorological heroes in New Orleans before the day is done.