2 Rounds of Heavy Rains falls over Sugar Land and Missouri City but the Brazos should Remain Low

The initial round of heavy rainfall occurred Friday afternoon with the hardest hit areas over the Sugar Land / Missouri City areas of Fort Bend County. These areas observed between 4.5 to 6 inches in about 90 to 120 minutes with an approximate peak intensity between 3 to 3.5 inches per hour. Additional heavy rains impacted parts of Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda Counties.

NWS Houston/Galveston Friday Rainfall Totals as of 7:04 PM (05/16/2020)

Overall, the Sugar Land Missouri City areas received just under 6 inches as of 7 AM this morning. Additional light showers remain through Sunday, but we have past the heaviest rainfall.

Harris County Flood Warning System Sugar Land/Missouri City Rainfall Totals as of 6:51 AM

Outside of the Sugar Land area, rainfall values across Fort Bend County varied between 1 to just over 4 inches of rain which most occurred Friday afternoon.

Harris County Flood Warning System North Fort Bend County Rainfall Totals as of 6:51 AM

The remainder of the lower Brazos River Watershed, upstream of Fort Bend County received an inch or less with some isolated areas receiving close to 1.5 inches.

Texas Water Development Board TexMesonet Rainfall Totals (05/16/2020)

The heaviest amounts of rain should be behind us, but we could see additional showers through Sunday as the highest chances for rain shift to our north. For most of the Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, the forecast shows a week or so of sunny to partly cloudy skies. Overall the NWS anticipates less than a 0.5 inch of rain for the Brazos River Watershed over the next 24 hours.

The good news is now that the heavy rain is behind us we have a much clearer picture of the impacts to the Brazos River. Based on the amount of rainfall received the Brazos should peak below Action Stage (Gage Elevation 20). No flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

NWS WGRFC Brazos River at Richmond (5/16/2020)
NWS WGRFC Latest Briefing (05/16/2020)

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