Heavy Rain Forecast Derails Second Day of MS 150
Forecasters have been calling for fairly significant rain in central and southeast Texas for about a week and the threat of torrential rains has caused the annual BP MS 150 to call off day two of the cycling event between Houston and Austin. According to the event's Facebook page, the threat of severe weather, particularly on Sunday, means the ride will begin Saturday in Houston and end the same day in La Grange instead of finishing up in Austin as usual.
A post on Facebook states:
At this time, Day 1 (Saturday, April 16) will continue as planned from Houston to La Grange, and are preparing for a great finish line experience there. We recognize this may impact your personal and team plans for the weekend, and want to help you best prepare for the weekend. ... It doesn’t matter where the finish line is this weekend, we all share one destination: A WORLD FREE OF MS!
The National Weather Service is forecasting 3-6 inches of rain between Sunday and Tuesday for a huge area of Texas including San Antonio, Austin and Houston, though the Bayou City is on the far eastern edge of the forecast area. Some forecast models are suggesting perhaps double digit rainfall amounts southwest of Houston, but that seems unlikely. Rain chances will persist through much of the week, but the biggest threat of severe weather is Sunday, right smack dab in the middle of what is typically a pretty entertaining ride for cycling enthusiasts, and mostly a traffic nightmare for people trying to get to and from Austin.