ALERT: Deep East Texas in Bull’s Eye for Severe Storms, Tornadoes
For the past few days, meteorologists have been forecasting another rainy weekend for East Texas. They said that a few heavy downpours could bring up to 2 inches of rain in some areas, but severe weather was not in the discussion.
The Weather Outlook has Changed
Lufkin, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and much of the Pineywoods are now included in a 2 out of 5 level threat for severe weather this weekend.
This storm system is expected to dump up to a half-foot of snow across parts of the Texas Panhandle, and then bring downpours and severe storms to Deep East Texas.
What Kind of Severe Weather for East Texas?
All forms of severe weather will be in play for us. Straight-line winds gusting to 60+ mph are possible, large hail up to 2 inches in diameter is not out of the question, and a few isolated tornadoes could drop down.
Right now, it looks like the Sabine River Valley in Texas and Louisiana could see the highest risk of severe storms.
What About Flooding?
Forecasters are saying that 2 to 3 inches of rain could be common throughout the area. There could be isolated higher totals of 4 inches or more, especially in Louisiana. Most of that rain is expected to fall on Saturday.
Due to the ground still being rather saturated from the massive downpours of two weeks ago, localized flooding could occur.
Timing of the Storms
The chance of rain will jump to 80% overnight Friday and stay at 100% throughout most of Saturday. This is when we should get most of our rainfall.
The severe storms across the Pineywoods are expected to move through between 3 a.m. and noon on Sunday.
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