The East Texas Storm Team is tracking strong storms this morning. This won’t be a widespread severe weather outbreak but a few of these storms could be strong and rowdy.
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Severe T-Storm Watch until 4 AM for Houston & Trinity counties.
The primary threats are damaging winds, hail, and locally heavy rainfall that could lead to some flash flooding. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a level II (yellow) slight risk and level I (green) marginal risk for a good portion of East Texas.
Damaging winds have the potential to range from 60 to 70 MPH along with quarter-size hail. You’ll notice that the tornado threat is low but it’s important to note that it isn’t zero. A weak and quick tornado cannot be ruled out.
Here’s live doppler radar in East Texas. Storms moving in from the west and will increase.
The main complex of showers and thunderstorms is crossing I-35 & I-45, bringing strong storms to our area.
A cold front out to our West will move in Tuesday morning, taking away storm chances and return the sunshine & warmer temperatures.
Futurecast will give us a better idea of when you can expect the storms. You’ll notice the storms will organize in a line, anytime this happens winds will tend to be stronger, while the threat of tornadoes is lower.
The storm threat will diminish by the middle part of tomorrow morning as the front moves through. The cold front will be our saving grace because the air behind will be drier and more stable which will keep us dry and warm for the remainder of your Tuesday.
A lack of moisture could prevent us from having severe storms especially over our eastern counties. One way we can dictate the amount of moisture is by looking at our dew points (pictured below). The brown you see is drier air and the green means moist air. For severe weather situations, dew points in the 60s provide more fuel for severe storms.
If one potential severe weather event wasn’t enough, another chance of severe weather exists Wednesday Evening & Thursday Morning. This remains a level I marginal risk with a level II slight risk on Tuesday. We’ll have more on this on Tuesday.