TYLER, Texas — We saw a few small hail storms in East Texas on Thursday, and chances for similar weather will be hanging around for Friday. Although we can't rule out some severe weather on Friday, strong storms are likely early Saturday. The storms are expected to travel west to east between 7 AM and 1 PM CT Saturday across our viewing area.

The threat exists for very strong winds as well as a few tornadoes, some strong, particularly with discrete supercells just ahead of the main line of storms. Considerable wind damage may accompany these storms. 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.

TONIGHT:

Expect overcast skies and a few scattered showers.  We can't rule out some thunder and lightning but a cold drizzle will be the most likely precipitation.  The winds should stay around 5-10 MPH and out of the east.  Temperatures will stay in the upper 40s all night long.

FRIDAY 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, as well, and could result in some flooding for low-lying areas. Over the two-day period, anywhere from 1/2" to 2" inches of rain could fall. Some areas could see higher totals, but it is too early to predict this with much certainty as of now.

For Friday, expect to see mostly cloudy skies and a 70 percent chance for rain showers and storms. Severe weather is not likely on Friday, but could be possible. As of now all of East Texas is under a marginal risk (level 1 of 5) for severe weather. We will keep a close eye on the situation. 

Severe weather will be less likely Friday thanks to mild temperatures only reaching the low 60s for highs. 

Saturday will bring much warmer weather and that brings potentially stronger storms. Expect mostly cloudy skies and another 70 percent chance for rain and storms. These storms could be stronger, as the air will be warmer. Highs will be in the low 70s on Saturday.

This extra energy has prompted the Storm Prediction Center to place East Texas under a 15 percent risk for severe weather. While it is currently too early to have many details, the CBS 19 Weather Team will be keeping a close eye on this situation. 

END OF WEEKEND INTO NEXT WEEK:

Sun will return for Sunday with highs that stay in the low 60s. Those will remain in place for Monday, but rain chances will creep back in. Expect to see increasing clouds and a 20 percent chance for rain on Monday. Skies stay mostly cloudy for Tuesday with rain chances jumping to 30 percent. Highs will stay in the low 60s.

Keep the umbrellas near by East Texas, rain will soon be returning!

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