Thunderstorms will soak the I-10 corridor from Texas to Louisiana through Saturday night, leading to potential travel disruptions and flooding.
The storms follow heavy thunderstorms on Friday, which dumped nearly 2 inches of rain on Corpus Christi, Texas, and caused flooded roads in the downtown area.
The first half of the weekend will stay on the stormy side from Corpus Christi to Houston and Tyler, Texas.
“A slow-moving system will creep eastward along the western and central Gulf Coast through Saturday night and bring torrential downpours and soaking thunderstorms to southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.
Similar to Friday, incidents of flash flooding will be fairly isolated and mainly confined to low-lying and poor drainage areas.
“While most locations will see around an inch of rainfall, areas hardest hit by the most drenching thunderstorms can easily see 2 to 3 inches,” Elliott said.
The risk for any strong thunderstorms will also be low, though an isolated gusty thunderstorm could cause tree and power line damage in some communities.
Rain and thunderstorms will become more widespread along the I-10 corridor in southern Louisiana, including New Orleans, from late on Saturday afternoon into Saturday night.
“Wet weather will also dampen outdoor plans as far northward as I-40 in Oklahoma and Arkansas, but the heaviest rain should be confined to regions within 100-150 miles from the Gulf Coast,” Elliott said.
The stormy weather could hinder travel plans to spring break destinations along the Gulf Coast.
“For motorists traveling along I-10 from New Orleans to Houston through Saturday night, blinding downpours may greatly reduce roadway visibility and increase the risk for hydroplaning,” Elliott said.
Minor delays are possible as the thunderstorms cross major airport hubs, including Houston.
Drier weather will settle over the western Gulf Coast for the coming week.