After a calm start to the work week, conditions are expected to deteriorate again by the middle of the week. Tropical moisture associated with Hurricane Willa (Currently a Category 3) will make its way into East Texas by Wednesday. Several inches of rain may be possible in the near future for the region, so get ready!

For today expect skies to stay partly to mostly cloudy throughout the day with a small chance for a light rain shower or sprinkles sticking around. These chances will be highest in our southern counties, but overall much less than during the morning hours. More sunshine will peak through this afternoon when compared to the morning, leading to a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. Highs this afternoon will rise to around 70. Tonight expect skies to remain mostly cloudy with a small chance for rain, increasing as we head into Wednesday. Lows tonight will be in the low 50s.

The deeper we head into Wednesday the higher our chances for rain will become. A cold front will be passing through the region boosted by tropical moisture from Hurricane Willa in the Pacific. That means we are looking at a 90% chance for rain Wednesday and Wednesday night, and then an 80% chance for rain early on Thursday. Our best rain chances will be overnight Wednesday and into early Thursday morning. We could see some decent rain totals across the region, with 1 to 2 inches possible by late Thursday. In addition to the rain, the front will drop our highs Thursday all the way down to the upper 50s.

The rainy days won't last too long though, and sunshine will be back in the forecast by the end of the week. Temps will be on the rise heading into the weekend as well, with highs back into the 70s during the weekend. Expect mostly sunny skies Friday and sunny skies through the weekend in into early next week.

Get ready for more rain East Texas!

-- Meteorologist Michael Behrens

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