Flash flood watch for Houston ahead of torrential storms Friday and Saturday

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all of the Houston area and its surrounding communities ahead of heavy rain expected over the next 36 hours.

The watch is set to expire Saturday evening as storms are pushed off the coast. Rain showers will start Friday afternoon and could dump up to nearly two inches by day’s end.

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After a brief reprieve from showers overnight, more showers and thunderstorms will crop up Saturday starting around 7 a.m. and will last until the evening. Those storms could bring new rainfall totals close to five inches, according to the National Weather Service.

While the flash flood threat ends Saturday evening, lingering storms could still bring rain to the area Saturday night.

Sunday will have spotty showers. Mostly sunny skies and dry weather returns Monday, with highs in the upper-80s.

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