EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Mother Nature has made her presence felt across the Piney Woods tonight. The culprit for tonight's storms is a cold front, which has now moved through most of the area. Behind the front, temperatures have dropped from the 70's into the 50's.
A few of the stronger storms produced dime sized hail at Angelina College and the Crown Colony subdivision, which is located on the south side of Lufkin. In addition to the small hail, heavy rainfall rates have led to high water and minor flooding along Highway 69 south between Lufkin and Huntington.
As the severe threat winds down tonight, the heavy rain and flood threat will be increasing, especially in areas that have already received 2-3" of rain. Please use extra caution if you have to venture out on area roads overnight. If you encounter a road that has standing water, remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown." Flooding is the number one killer among all weather related deaths, outdoing lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
The heavy rain and storms we are experiencing tonight is only an appetizer for what lies ahead over the next few days. A cutoff area of low pressure will sit to our west and spin several disturbances into East Texas over the next several days. This will lead to a significant rain event for the area, something we have not seen in quite a long time.
Behind the front, we will catch a break in the rain for parts of the day on Friday, only to see additional rain move in Friday night and through the day on Saturday. After this second round of rain, a third batch will move in on Sunday as the actual low pressure system finally begins to pick up speed and move through the state.
By the time the system pulls east of the Piney Woods on Monday morning, we will be looking at some impressive rainfall totals. Many areas will see about two to four inches on average, with some areas possibly receiving as much as four to six inches of rain.
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