TYLER, Texas — Showers and storms have been ongoing all day Friday, but so far none have been severe. We can't 100 percent rule out some severe weather tonight, but our main concern for strong storms is early Saturday. These storms are expected to travel west to east between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.
The threat exists for all types of severe weather on Saturday, but wind and a few tornadoes will be our main concern. If you are going to be out and about early Saturday you need to stay weather aware. Be sure to keep your cell phone handy and have your KYTX weather app ready to go to alert you to any severe weather heading your way.
OVERNIGHT AND SATURDAY:
The week comes to a close with a stormy pattern entering East Texas.
This weather pattern could bring another soaking rainfall to the area and could result in some flooding for low-lying areas. Over the two-day period, anywhere from 1/2" to 4" inches of rain could fall. Some areas could see higher totals, but a widespread flooding event is not expected.
For tonight, expect to see mostly cloudy skies and a few more showers and storms. Severe weather is not likely tonight, but chances will increase by sunrise. As of now all of East Texas is under a marginal risk (level 1 of 5) for severe weather. The major concerns today will be for some gusty winds, hail, and of course periods of heavy rain.
Severe weather will be less likely tonight thanks to mild temperatures only reaching the mid-50s for highs.
Saturday will bring much warmer weather and that brings potentially stronger storms. Expect mostly cloudy skies and an 80 percent chance for rain and storms. These storms could be stronger, as the air will be warmer. Highs will be near the 70 degree mark on Saturday.
This extra energy has prompted the Storm Prediction Center to place a portion East Texas under a slight risk for severe weather (level 2 of 5), while others are under a marginal risk. Our main concern for severe weather on Saturday will be early in the day and related to gusty winds and the potential for tornadoes. Hail and heavy rain will be lesser threats.
The timing on Saturday looks to be between 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. across East Texas. A line of showers and storms will form west of our region early in the day and push through East Texas during the morning hours. You will need to stay weather aware for any outdoor events you have planned for the morning. Expect showers and storms to push through Tyler and Longview between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
They should exit East Texas during the early afternoon with skies clearing and temps staying warm after they move on out.
END OF WEEKEND INTO NEXT WEEK:
Sun will stick around for Sunday with highs that stay in the low 60s. Those conditions will remain in place for Monday, but rain chances will creep back in going into Tuesday. Expect to see increasing clouds Monday night and a 30 percent chance for rain on Tuesday. Skies stay partly cloudy for Wednesday and Thursday as well, with rain chances that will linger at 20 percent. Highs will reach to 70 on Wednesday but then drop down to the upper 50s by Thursday.
Stay weather aware this weekend East Texas, and enjoy the sun that will arrive after the storms!
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