Significant rainfall headed for the Piney Woods

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - It has been a dry start to 2012 in East Texas after a fairly wet December to close out 2011.  A two week hiatus in the rain will be coming to an end today, as widespread rain will overspread all of the Piney Woods.

Therefore, make sure you take your umbrella and rain gear as you head out the door this morning.  Not only will you need it for your morning commute, but you will likely need it for your drive home as well later today.

One of the reasons for the heavy rain will be the slow movement of our storm system.  It is currently over West Texas and will take two days to move across the entire state.  As a result, the clouds and rain will linger through all of Tuesday, before coming to an end by mid-week.

The rainfall potential will be one to two inches on average, with areas in Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties possibly receiving three to four inches in spots.

Considering we are still in a severe drought, this rain will be very welcome and should help get 2012 off to a good start in the rain department.

You can track the rain over the next couple of days by viewing our live streaming radar at our StormTracker Weather Center.  It is there where you can also take over the radar controls and zoom down to your local streets with our Interactive Radar.

Don't forget you can download our StormTracker 9 weather app on your smart phone today.  Our KTRE Weather app gives you access to our Interactive Radar, hour-by-hour forecasts, weather alerts, and so much more.

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