EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A strong Pacific Cold Front is heading toward East Texas and will likely begin moving through the NW sections of our area just before midnight tonight. The front should be through all of ETX by 9 a.m. tomorrow, taking the risk for severe weather with it.
The Storm Prediction Center continues to keep all of ETX under a SLIGHT RISK for strong to severe storms overnight tonight. Portions of the westernmost sections of ETX are in an ENHANCED RISK for severe storms. A Slight Risk means that there is a 15 percent chance for “Significant Severe Weather” to occur and the Enhanced Risk means it is up to a 30% chance for “Significant Severe Weather” to occur. The Counties that are under the Enhanced Risk are... SW Kaufman, Western, and Central Henderson County, Anderson County, Western Cherokee County, Houston County, Most of Trinity County as well.
Greatest Risk with the storms overnight tonight still appears to be the strong, thunderstorm winds. Some pockets of Large Hail will be possible as well. An isolated tornado or two are possible as well, especially in the Enhanced Risk areas. Please remain Weather Alert tonight as the weather will likely change very rapidly.
The timing of tonight’s cold front ... 2 a.m. we are looking for the front to extend from near Hughes Springs, to Tyler to Palestine. 3:30 a.m., the front should be Jefferson, Longview, Jacksonville and southward to near Crockett. 5 a.m. the front should be near Hughes Springs, Longview, Henderson, Wells and Trinity. 6 a.m. the front moves through Center and extend southward to Houston. By 9 a.m. just a few lingering showers and/or thundershowers over SE sections of Deep East Texas.
Remember, showers and thunderstorms should occur along and ahead of the cold front.
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Have a safe day and night, East Texas.