By Gene Norman
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Several counties, indicated in blue above could see the sky crackle tonight as a line of storms developing in the Hill Country comes rolling this way. Right now, the closest counties to Houston in the watch are Brazos (College Station), Washington, Austin and Colorado. Can't rule out a few storms making their way into the Houston area too. The biggest threat this evening is large hail and damaging wind gusts. The storms are the result of an upper-air disturbance lifting a warm, unstable air mass over Central and Southeast Texas. The current watch goes through midnight, but it is possible that the watch may be extended to include more of the Houston metro area if the storms hold together.
Once the rain moves out overnight, we're in for a few nice days before the next change. By the end of the week, cloudy skies return along with muggy air and a chance for showers through the weekend.
NORMAN NUMBER FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:
TONIGHT: Showers and thunderstorms, some strong move across during the evening and overnight hours. Temperatures fall through the mid to upper 50s after the rain moves through. Breezy east and northeast winds by morning.
WEDNESDAY: Early morning low clouds quickly lift revealing a mostly sunny day with a light and dry northeast wind. Highs in the mid 70s.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cool early on, becoming cloudy, breezy and muggier by afternoon. Morning lows in the mid to upper 40s, highs in the mid 70s. Southerly winds 15-20 mph.