2 PM Update:
The severe weather thrat is finished for East Texas. Sushine and decreasing clouds returning.
Here is a look at our current conditions.
Storms now to the east, where the greatest risk of severe weather will be for the remainder of today.
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – There’s a risk of severe weather in East Texas on Wednesday. A cold front is expected to move through the area and tap into the recent heat and humidity that we’ve seen.
A tornado warning was issued for Harrison County until 10:30 a.m.
A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for Trinity, Angelina, Sabine, and San Augustine, Harrison, Shelby, Marion and Panola Counties until 4 p.m.
A slight risk of severe weather exists for Deep East Texas while our I-20 counties are under a marginal risk of severe weather.
Over the past few days, a lack of cooler air has resulted in warmer than average temperatures and southerly winds have pushed gulf moisture and humidity back into the region.
Our Current Weather Setup:
With the heat and humidity in place, we’re now just waiting for the front to provide us with the necessary lift required for storms to form. Our disturbance and front remain off to the west and are bringing rain and snow to parts of the western United States.
Here’s a look at futurecast for the remainder of the morning. Notice how the storms intensify as the morning progresses.
The primary threat with a line of thunderstorms (We expect this) will be damaging winds. However, locally heavy rain and a few tornadoes will be possible as the line of storms moves through.
Here are the threat levels:
The silver lining with this storm threat is that we’ll see a decent chance of beneficial rainfall that could put a dent in the drought.
Here’s the KETK model’s rainfall prediction through early Thursday morning.
The bottom line: Strong to severe storms are still possible and will begin to exit the area by 11 AM. Damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph will be the primary threat, but a spin-up tornado or two cannot be ruled out, especially in Deep East Texas.
With these storms moving in during the morning commute hours, you may want to leave some extra time to get to your destination Wednesday morning. Heavy rain will reduce visibility on the roadways. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on the air and online.
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