Residents in the Greater Killeen area can expect rain throughout the week, with a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms today, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Meteorologist Jennifer Dunn said flooding is possible with the rain and commuters should exercise caution.
“Heavy rain not only reduces visibility when driving, but it can also produce ponding of water on roadways,” Dunn said. “Slow down on wet roads, especially during periods of rain. Motorists should leave extra distance between themselves and other cars in case of hydroplaning. Also, because it may take longer to get somewhere, allow more commute time.”
Hilary Shine, Killeen spokeswoman, said several areas in the city are prone to high water, including Mustang Drive, Stallion Drive, the U.S. Highway 190 access road at Imperial Drive, W.S. Young Drive at Terrace Drive, Veterans Memorial Boulevard at 10th Street, Florence Road between Mary Jane Drive and Du Broc Drive and Illinois Avenue at Becker Drive.
“I would caution motorists that because of the tremendous amount of road construction all over the city, areas could experience high water that have not in the past,” she said. “It is best to use caution and slow down in the event of heavy rain.”
Rain chances remain throughout the day Wednesday with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day and a 20 percent chance at night. The chance of rain drops slightly to 20 percent Thursday and to 20 percent Friday.
Dunn said temperatures will be below normal due to the rain, but it will still be warm and humid with the highs staying around the upper 80s and the lows in the lower 70s.
The sun will return over the weekend with the high of 91 degrees for Saturday and a high near 92 for Sunday.
Dunn said despite all of the rain this month, Killeen is still 2 1/3 inches below normal for the year.
As of this morning, Stillhouse Hollow Lake was 76.8 percent full at 612.9 feet. Belton Lake was 74 percent full at 585.5 feet.
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