Flash Flood Watch Issued

LIBERTY, January 7, 2012 - A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...AUSTIN...BRAZORIA...BRAZOS... BURLESON...CHAMBERS...COLORADO...FORT BEND...GALVESTON... GRIMES...HARRIS...HOUSTON...JACKSON...LIBERTY...MADISON... MATAGORDA...MONTGOMERY...POLK...SAN JACINTO...TRINITY... WALKER...WALLER...WASHINGTON AND WHARTON.

* FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING

* RAIN IS EXPECTED TO START EARLY TUESDAY NEAR THE COAST AND THEN EXPAND NORTHWARD. A WARM FRONT WILL MOVE INTO THE COASTAL REGION LATE TUESDAY AND WILL HELP TO FOCUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WESTERN AREAS. RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. WIDESPREAD RAINFALL OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS WILL AVERAGE 2 TO 3 INCHES WITH SOME AREAS RECEIVING 5 TO 7 INCH AMOUNTS.

* GIVEN THE LONG DURATION OF THE RAINFALL STREET FLOODING WILL BECOME MORE COMMON TUESDAY NIGHT AND WORSEN WEDNESDAY MORNING. TRAVEL MAY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. MAINSTEM RIVER AND BAYOU FLOODING MAY BECOME INVOLVED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY WITH THE LARGE AREAL EXTENT OF THE RAINFALL AND THE HIGH POTENTIAL FOR THE GROUND TO QUICKLY SATURATE AND RAIN TO RUNOFF.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

IF POSSIBLE AVOID TRAVEL TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY AND EXPECT DELAYS IF TRAVEL CANNOT BE PUT OFF TO A LATER TIME.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION AS FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED.

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