Much needed rain could return this weekend

(East Texas):  Even though parts of East Texas picked up some showers this week, most of us stayed dry yet again.

The lack of rainfall and dry conditions are becoming very problematic across East Texas.  As of Wednesday evening, our rainfall deficit for the year jumped into double digit territory, as we are now 10.12 inches behind in rainfall for 2010.

To make matters worse, eleven counties in our KTRE viewing area remain under burn bans and more could be added in the weeks ahead if no rain falls across the parched soils of the Piney Woods.

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel.  A west coast storm will send multiple disturbances into the Southern Plain states starting on Friday.

We will miss the first disturbance, as it tracks off to our north.  However, by Saturday, we will introduce a slight chance of rain, followed by even better rain chances as we head into Sunday and Monday of next week.

If the different weather computer models keep this trend up, then we might receive some beneficial rains for the first time in over a month early next week.

To see the complete list of East Texas counties under burn bans or to get your detailed Storm Tracker Forecast, make sure to visit our Storm Tracker weather page.

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