TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, and Trinity Counties until 4PM. Scattered thunderstorms will develop across East Texas during the late morning early afternoon hours. A few of these storms could produce strong gusty winds and small hail. Locally heavy rain will be possible as well.
The storm system we were watching yesterday has made a slight turn overnight and this will affect the amount of rain we see across the area today. It now appears much of the area will receive between 0.50" and 1.50 of rain with the heaviest rain occurring across our southern counties. As we head towards the early afternoon hours, temperatures will warm into the middle and upper 70s across the southern half of East Texas. This will provide enough energy to cause thunderstorms to increase in intensity, possibly becoming severe.
Areas north of the watch will still receive some much needed rain along with a chance of a strong storm or two. A frontal boundary is stalled across our northwestern counties and as we see temperatures warm into the middle 70s, thunderstorms will develop. Most of these storms right now appear as though they will remain below severe limits but locally strong wind gusts and small hail can't be ruled out. Please stay with KLTV 7 and KLTV.com for the latest.