Good morning and happy Friday. The rain has arrived, and heavier showers are on the way! The main threats today will be slick spots on the roads, as dust and oil can build up and become slippery once rain finally falls on them again. Just take it slow and give yourself some extra space between you and the car in front of you, as well as some extra time to get from point A to point B. Visibility could be reduced at times as well, especially during isolated heavy downpours. Street flooding is also an issue, mainly on flood prone streets. It doesn't look like significant flooding, but it could be enough to some spots fairly dangerous. If you see water on the road, just take it slow.
Currently, rain stretches from Artesia to Ozona, so I'm expecting nearly everyone of us to see at least a few raindrops. As far as totals go, so far Marfa is leading the way with just over a quarter of an inch over the past 6 hours. Isolated spots could see a third to a half of an inch, but generally 0.1-0.3 inches is the most likely scenario. As we go into the afternoon, we should see the rain taper off as it pushes east. We will have to watch as a cold front will slide in from the northwest sometime late this afternoon or in the early evening. As it does so, some moisture wrapping around the low pressure center could be in the mix and enough to trigger some more showers. This shower threat will mainly be in SE New Mexico and the northern Permian Basin, but does have the potential to extend south into the central Permian Basin. These showers could end up being thundershowers with some small hail. Make sure to keep an eye on the radar this afternoon even after the main batch of rain moves east.
Tomorrow will be cooler in the wake of this system, but it will be sunny. Lows will be in the mid to upper 30s, and highs still fairly nice in the mid 50s. Sunday does bring with it a slight chance of a shower with a very weak system moving in, and it looks to be the coolest day of the next nine, but overall the next nine days appear mostly dry and we should be right back into the 60s by Tuesday. Have a great weekend!