Lack of rainfall and dry conditions to persist

(East Texas):  Even though many of us received some beneficial rainfall early in the week, it was not nearly enough to help lift the burn bans and erase our nine inch rainfall deficit for the year.

While the weather for the rest of the week and into the weekend will continue to remain nice and very fall-like, that is not what we need at this point.

We need a two to three day stretch of soaking rain showers; not a fast moving system that dumps heavy, but brief downpours.  A good soaking would allow these parched soils in the Piney Woods to moisten up and help alleviate the fire threat as well.

Not only do we have the fire threat with the burn bans activated, but area lakes are filling the pinch as well.

Lake Sam Rayburn is currently down eight feet below where their normal value is.  This is creating problems for boaters who are encountering stumps and sandbars.

As we head into the upcoming weekend, our weather will be nothing short of spectacular, that is if you like the outdoors and don't want rain to interrupt your plans.

On Saturday, we will see sunny skies with a chilly morning followed by a mild afternoon.

By Sunday, we will see more of the same, except for a few more clouds and slightly warmer conditions.

We currently have ten East Texas counties under burn bans.  To see a complete list of those counties, plus to find out when rain returns to our forecast, please check out our Storm Tracker Weather Center.

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