High Winds And Tornado Threat Increases Friday In East Texas
After all, it is that time of the year for East Texas to experience its second severe weather season. Tomorrow evening (Friday) East Texans could be dealing with a strong line of thunderstorms that could produce winds in excess of 65 to 70 miles per hour and could spawn a few rogue tornadoes.
As the system moves into East Texas you'll want to be weather aware and pay close attention to the conditions around you. If things get particularly bad or dangerous we will suspend our regular programming and join our weather partners from KLTV 7 as Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto along with Katy Vossler, Cody Gottschalk and Andrew Tate keep us aware of what's happening in our area.
Here's the potential severe weather set-up for East Texas Friday afternoon into early Saturday morning.
A cold front will be moving into East Texas late Friday afternoon and will bring a chance of severe weather for the second week in a row. The Storm Prediction Center most of East Texas under an 'Enhanced Risk' (30%) chance of seeing a severe thunderstorm outbreak from this weather event. Far Deep East Texas remains under a 'Slight Risk' (15% chance) of seeing a severe thunderstorm develop through Saturday morning.
The greatest threat from this system will be the potential for damaging high winds, in excess of 70+ miles per hour along with a few tornadoes. There could be frequent lightning strikes and heavy rainfall at times. Some areas of East Texas could see as much as 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, so minor flooding could be a possibility.
As a precaution, you'll want to make sure all of your outdoor patio furniture is secure and things around the outside of your home are secure to that in the event there are high winds at your place your things don't become flying projectiles.
Because of the threat of severe weather, several school districts have opted to move their Friday night high school football games to tonight. If your school is still hosting a game in East Texas tomorrow night, you'll want to keep a close eye on the weather situation.
As a reminder too, set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night because Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.