TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM
For Anderson, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, Houston, Trinity, Angelina, Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine, and Sabine Counties.
The East Texas Storm Team has declared Today as a Severe Weather Alert Day. Two waves of storms will have the capability to produce all severe threats, including tornadoes.
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On Tuesday afternoon, the Storm Prediction Center UPGRADED the threat level in East Texas to a level 3 out of 5 for Wednesday. This means that numerous severe storms are possible.
As far as severe threats–wind and hail will be the two primary concerns. However, forecast models profiling the atmosphere do show an increased concern for a few tornadoes. There is still time to fine-tune this specific part of the forecast, but all threats will be possible Wednesday. One other note, the severe threat can be amplified with the timing of the storms–which looks to be midday and into the afternoon (the peak heating of the day).
Heavy rain also is a threat, where amounts up to 2″ or more will be possible.
Here is our current forecast for tomorrow. Clouds in the morning but we start dry. Some sunshine into the early afternoon will lead to development of storms back toward I-35. Then into the afternoon, we will see a batch of severe storms from midday to the mid-afternoon.
While that initial batch of storms is still ongoing, we are tracking newer single-type (supercell) storms that could form near the cold front Wednesday late afternoon and evening. These that form east of I-35 in the late afternoon initially would pose a higher tornado threat before forming a broken line and move into East Texas. Storms are not expected to clear Deep East Texas until after 12 AM Thursday.
We are in the heart of severe weather season. The country’s most active period is April through early June. Please stay tuned to our forecast and review your safety plan before storms occur.