National Weather Forecast
All eyes will be down on the western Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico on Monday as Nicholas moves north and close to far southern Texas by the evening hours, producing heavy rain. We will also watch shower and storm chances from the Northern Plains to the Northeast, with some snow mixed in in northwestern Wyoming.
With heavy rain from Nicholas along the western Gulf Coast over the next several days, total rainfall amounts of 5-10”, with isolated 15” amounts, will be possible through the middle of the week along coastal Texas and southwestern Louisiana.
The track of Nicholas will bring the system near far southern Texas by Monday evening, and inland across portions of the central Texas coast into Tuesday. Some gradual strengthening is expected while Nicholas remains over the Gulf of Mexico.
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