EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - Unseasonably warm temperatures and abundant moisture are setting up the ArkLaTex for a severe weather event Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening.
All of East Texas is within a slight risk area for severe storms including damaging straight line winds, isolated tornadoes and hail. Northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas have been upgraded to a moderate risk for severe storms.
A strong cold front will be moving out of the Rockies and into the Plains tonight. It will approach our area late Tuesday afternoon and move across the ArkLaTex Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday morning.
With highs expected to be in the mid to upper 70s Tuesday, the atmosphere will become very unstable making strong to severe storms likely. Once the front passes by, the threat of severe weather will end; and we can expect sunny to mostly sunny and cooler conditions from Wednesday through the weekend.
No freezing temperatures are expected at this time with the chilliest temperatures in the mid 30s Thursday and Friday mornings. Highs will be in the 60s from Wednesday through Monday.