Rain may dampen Memorial Day activities

05/26/2014 8:54 AM

05/26/2014 8:55 AM

Anyone who planned to celebrate Memorial Day outside today might want to go to Plan B.

The cloudy skies and rain don’t seem to be going anyway for awhile.

There’s about a 40 percent chance of showers today, which goes up to about 60 percent tonight, said Steve Fano, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

“There will probably be more rain, or widespread rain and thunderstorms, today than yesterday,” Fano said Monday. “If you have outdoor plans, things aren’t looking good.

“The morning sprinkles and showers are going to continue,” he said. “And by mid-day, we will see a few thunderstorms pop up.”

All of this rain is due to a big upper level low-pressure system that is moving east toward New Mexico. The closer it gets, the more chance for rain here.

That means rain showers are expected this morning and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon.

The good news is that temperatures Monday should reach the mid-80s, according to the forecast.

But sunny skies aren’t expected to return even by tomorrow, on Election Day, when voters will head to the polls between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to cast ballots for Texas’ primary runoff elections.

On Tuesday, the chance of rain goes up to 70 percent, forecasts show.

But Texans shouldn’t be surprised about the rainy weather on Memorial Day weekend.

“It seems like we always get rain on Memorial Day,” Fano said. “It’s kind of like the Stock Show. They always get the weather.”

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