Weekly Brazos River Outlook – Jan 31, 2022

The Brazos River is currently at Gage Elevation 9.43 feet. Currently (Monday, January 31), Fort Bend County and much of the lower Brazos River Watershed is under a Flood Watch. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible with isolated amounts of 4 to 7 inches. Areas could experience rainfall rates of 2+ inches per hour causing nuisance street flooding and possibly rapid rises in some of our local creeks and streams. Based on the anticipated rainfall, the WGRFC is predicting the Brazos River through Richmond to peak around Gage Elevation 15 feet on Friday.

After Monday, our focus moves to our next cold front which could bring additional precipitation and cooler temperatures.  The National Weather Service is anticipating the Arctic Front to work its way across the region late Wednesday into Thursday evening. This will bring colder temperatures into the area with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. Lingering clouds will keep temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s with the wind chill in the 20’s.  As stated by the NWS and several other weather sources, this will NOT be a repeat of last February (Winter Storm Uri) but residents are encouraged to follow the 4 P’s and prepare for colder temperatures.

See the attached Flood Risk Report.