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Rain, Storms to Soak Gulf Coast

A disturbance over the Gulf of Mexico will deliver rain to the coast of Texas on Friday before expanding over the lower Mississippi Valley this weekend.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with this disturbance will occur from Houston to San Antonio and southward through Brownsville, Texas, on Friday with the heaviest storms focusing over the southern extent of the state.

Despite being located over the Gulf of Mexico, this disturbance will not undergo any development that would lead to the formation of an organized tropical system.

Friday's unsettled weather may lead to travel delays for the plethora of holiday travelers on the roads and at the airport with delays possibly continuing into the holiday weekend.

While drenching downpours may lead to urban flooding, there will be some positive impacts.

According to the latest survey released by the United States Drought Monitor, more than 61 percent of Texas is experiencing at least a moderate drought. This includes part of the state's coast where showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast.

Friday's rain will not bring an end to the ongoing drought, but it will still help to put a dent in the drought's severity.

Looking ahead to the holiday weekend, the disturbance is projected to be picked up by a cold front slowly swinging across the Plains.

As a result, the disturbance will begin to lift into the lower Mississippi River Valley, delivering widespread showers and thunderstorms over Louisiana, Mississippi and eastern portions of Arkansas.

Holiday weekend festivities may continue to be threatened across a similar area heading into Sunday with the continuation of showers and thunderstorms.

There is some good news for those in Texas and across the lower Mississippi River Valley with outdoor plans on Labor Day.

Dry weather and partial sunshine will be the theme across much of the area for Monday, making for better conditions for barbecues and sporting events when compared to Saturday and Sunday.

However, a few showers and thunderstorms may still dot the immediate Gulf Coast on Labor Day.

A complete washout should not be expected though as thunderstorms will likely be brief, only causing temporary issues for outdoor festivities.