North Texas to get rain, forecasters watching Harvey

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A weak cold front will move slowly across the Red River before sunrise Wednesday, then move south of I-20 into Central Texas by Wednesday afternoon and evening. Scattered showers and storms will occur both ahead and behind the cold front. No severe weather is expected, however, brief heavy downpours could cause brief flooding or at minimum, street flooding at times through the day Wednesday. (Graphic by National Weather Service)

Overnight Tuesday, a cold front will move down from across the Red River into North Texas, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the area before sunrise Wednesday. No severe weather is expected, but there could be brief heavy downpours, according to the National Weather Service. Storm chances continue Thursday.

Meteorologists are watching the remnants of tropical storm Harvey as it passes over the Yucatan Peninsula into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center give the current disturbance a 90 percent chance of forming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours and a 100 percent chance over the next five days.

Harvey, denoted by the red X and red hatched path, is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone and make landfall in Texas. (Map by National Hurricane Center)

The projected path is for the Texas coastline. Current thinking is that it will slow down and could dump heavy rainfall once it makes landfall.

At present, forecasters think that Central and South Texas are more likely to get the widespread heavy rain, which could cause flooding. Although there is substantial uncertainty in the forecasts, it should make landfall sometime Friday, moving into South Texas and the Hill Country by Friday night or Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.