A slow-moving weather system is expected to drop heavy rain across Ellis County this weekend, but should arrive late enough to leave most weekend activities intact.
“The main message I have for people in that area is the weekend won’t be a wash,” said Erin Marteloo, a National Weather Service of Fort Worth (NWS) senior meteorologist.
The NWS is predicting Saturday temperatures to be in the high 70s with a breeze and rising humidity levels, he said, and models show the main storm blowing into Ellis County on Sunday afternoon or evening, bringing periods of rain. According to the NWS website, there’s a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday evening.
“This is one of those big, lumbering upper lows,” Marteloo said. “Saturday night will be fine unless something dramatically speeds up.”
People in Ellis County do need to be on the alert late Sunday for the possibility of high winds and some hail, but flooding, especially along the rivers is the main concern at this point, he said. Rivers may take a few days to see the full affects of the rain, he said, so caution is advised into the start of next week.
With events like the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival, Waxahachie’s Music & Art Walk and the opening day of Waxahachie’s Downtown Farmers Market, Ellis County emergency manager Stephanie Parker encouraged residents to take advantage of weekend activities, but to stay alert.
“Go out and enjoy yourself, but stay weather aware,” she said.
She suggested allowing extra travel time, never driving through water over a roadway, having a shelter in mind during outdoor activities, being aware of the surroundings and monitoring weather updates.
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival is scheduled to have events until 5 p.m. on Sunday. The outdoor event will go on rain or shine, said Ginger Gonzales of the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, unless there is torrential rain or very strong winds.
“We do have an indoor flee market that, if it gets too bad, we can move people on in there,” she said.
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