Tracking more rain in the forecast

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ABILENE, Texas - With more rain forecast and the soil soaked, flash flooding will be a concern for the next couple of days.

An upper level disturbance to the west, moving east, and a slow moving front from the north, are the main culprits to our additional rain chances over the next few days. One to three inches will still be possible across West Central Texas through Saturday morning with locally higher amounts.

For today, we will stay under mostly cloudy skies with on and off shower chances in the forecast. Rumbles of thunder cannot be ruled out but severe weather is not expected. Temperatures will warm to the upper 70s with winds variable in direction at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight, we will continue with the on and off shower chances with rumbles of thunder. Lows will drop to the lower 60s with light and variable winds at 5 to 10 mph.

The upper level low and front should pass to the east and south respectively by Thursday afternoon. This will help focus the heavy shower chances to the east between Dallas and College Station. Unfortunately, that is not where the rain needs to go either.

Rain rates by Thursday should be slow enough that creeks and streams should be able to handle the load of water from the rain we receive.

We will still stay under mostly cloudy skies on Thursday with occasional rain chances through the day. No severe weather is expected.

On Friday, most rain activity should be confined to areas east of Abilene. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast on Friday with some breaks to allow a moment of sunshine. Highs will stay in the upper 70s.

By Saturday, there will be a chance for some morning rain to the east of Abilene. However, by the afternoon, partly sunny skies should be coming about with rain chances ending.

Once we get to Sunday we should become rain free with mostly sunny skies and mid-80s.

For the start of next week and lasting through the week, the weather pattern is indicating a drying out period for the Big Country.