After widespread flooding targeted the state from late last week through the weekend, a stretch of much-needed dry weather is in store through Thursday.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Robert Richards, "After all the flooding that has occurred over the last several days, eastern Texas will get into more of a dry stretch of weather into Thursday allowing crews to help with any cleanup efforts."
This flooding rain occurred due to a combination of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Tropical Rainstorm Patricia which produced excessive rainfall rates and rainfall totals.
A large portion of the state received between 4 and 8 inches of rain. Some localized areas received over a foot of rain. Corsicana was one of the hardest-hit areas, where rainfall totals exceeded 20 inches.
The dry weather will also allow any rivers that are still running over their banks to slowly recede through the week. However, some rivers may continue to rise into midweek.
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, "Even as the rain comes to an end and smaller streams and rivers return to their banks, larger rivers may rise as the flood waters drain downstream. This includes the Trinity River in eastern Texas."
Texas will endure sunny afternoons and high temperatures within a few degrees of normal for much of this week.
Normal temperatures for the last week of October range from the upper 60s across the Texas Panhandle to the mid-80s across the Rio Grande Valley.
As things return to normal, the threat for more flooding is likely to return late this week and into the weekend.
"Another storm system will move into the state by Friday into Saturday bringing an additional threat for heavy rainfall which could lead to more flooding concerns," Richards said.
The amount of rain expected to fall and where is still in question at this time. The rain may also last for only one day or perhaps several days.
"Because so much rain fell across central and eastern Texas, the ground will still be fairly saturated even after several days of dry weather," AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll said. "Just a couple inches of rain can cause more flooding but greater than four inches is a possibility late this week into the weekend."
Should the rain hang around this weekend, it could spoil trick-or-treating activities on Saturday night.