Rain in the forecast for later this week

BROWNSVILLE — There’s a very good chance the Rio Grande Valley could get some rain over the weekend. Parts of the Valley have already seen rain Wednesday morning.

Rain is expected from a tropical disturbance that is making its way toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service in Brownsville says Thursday’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain which could total one to two inches, with the heavier rains starting early in the morning moving from the southeast to the northwest through the afternoon.

The greater chance of storms arrives on the weekend and will last through Tuesday from an area of showers and thunderstorms the National Hurricane Center says is near Nicaragua and Honduras and is moving toward the Yucatan Peninsula.

Forecasters say there is little chance the disturbance will develop in that area because of strong upper-level winds.

But once the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico later this week some development is possible, although forecasters say they don’t believe it will become a major tropical storm.

Any rain the development brings to South Texas will be welcome relief for the area’s worsening drought.

In preparation for the heavy rains, officials are urging residents to clear out drainage ditches, canals and cleanouts. They are also advised to check windshield wipers for dry rot, tires for tread wear, brakes for wear and replace any before the rains arrive.