A few thunderstorms were scattered across parts of Deep East Texas Wednesday, mostly in the area between Lufkin, San Augustine and Hemphill. They dissipated by shortly after midnight. Otherwise the rest of East Texas just had a mostly clear, very warm and humid day. However, the weather pattern will change during the next few days as the blocking upper ridge of High Pressure breaks down, allowing a weak upper level low pressure area to move northwestward from the north central Gulf of Mexico into Texas over the weekend causing an increase in shower and thunderstorm activity. Scattered storms should be mostly confined to Deep East Texas on Thursday, but then expand to cover a good part of East Texas by late Friday and over the weekend. Rain amounts could easily exceed an inch or 2 over the weekend in many areas with even heavier amounts possible in Deep East Texas where the thunderstorms should be more numerous. After that area of low pressure weakens, a separate upper level storm system will slowly move in from the west early next week causing additional periods of showers and thunderstorms.
EAST TEXAS FORECAST DETAILS:
OVERNIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy, warm and humid…Lows: 70-74…Wind SSE 5-10 mph.
DURING THE DAY THURSDAY: Sunny to partly cloudy, very warm and humid…High 93….Winds S 10-15 mph. There will be a few isolated or scattered late afternoon thunderstorms in parts of Deep East Texas, but most of East Texas will see no rain.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Isolated storms in southern areas ending, otherwise partly cloudy and warm. Low 74.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms increasing by late afternoon…Overall coverage increasing to 40% in the Tyler-Longview area and to 60% in Deep East Texas. High temperature near 90…Winds SSE 15 mph.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with periods of showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon and evening hours both days….Some of the rain will likely be heavy…Overall rain coverage near 60%, but as high as 80% in Deep East Texas. Temperatures: Lows 70-72, Highs near 85…Winds ESE 10 mph, but with higher gusts in and near thunderstorms.
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY: Variable cloudiness and humid with more periods of showers and thunderstorms, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours each day….Overall rain coverage about 40% on Monday, 60% Tuesday, then 40% on Wednesday. Temperatures: Lows: 70-72….Highs: 87-90….Winds SE 10 mph, but with higher gusts in thunderstorms.