There have only been minor changes to the forecasts over the past 24 hours. The WGRFC slightly lowered both the Hempstead and San Felipe Gages, but the Richmond forecast has remained relatively unchanged. As of this morning, the forecast is showing Hempstead cresting around Gage Elevation 50.2 on Monday, January 7 and San Felipe cresting around Gage Elevation 119.8 on Tuesday, January 8.
The Richmond forecast continues to show a peak around Gage Elevation 45.1 on Wednesday, January 9.
The 7 day weather forecasts continue to show less than 20% chance for rain to start the week with overcast to partly cloudy skies for the majority of the week. It appears our highest chances for rain start on Friday with a 60% to 70% chance. The current rainfall forecasts are showing between 0.5 to 1.0 inches over the next 7 days. During that time, the current Brazos River forecast shows the river to be above Gage Elevation 36 by the weekend.
Please continue to follow the official forecasts by the West Gulf River Forecast Center (WGRFC), the NWS Houston-Galveston Office, and notices from the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management for more information.
Even though major flooding is not expected from this event, this is a good reminder on the importance of getting yourself prepared for the next flood. This includes purchasing flood insurance. Check out FloodSmart.Gov for more information.