EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A potent spring storm will provide all of Deep East Texas with a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon.
The timing for our line of thunderstorms has changed from what we told you yesterday. It now appears the squall line will enter the Piney Woods during the mid-to late afternoon hours (3pm-6pm), rather than this evening. If you have outdoor plans for this afternoon, be mindful that the storms will be moving in much earlier, so you may want to delay them and move them to later this evening or have a Plan B ready to go.
The main threat with today's storms will be damaging winds in excess of 50 to 70 mph. The reason for the wind threat is due to the fact we will be dealing with a line of thunderstorms, known as a squall line. Anytime you are dealing with a squall line, very strong winds are the main threat due to the fast motion of the storms.
The good news is that once the line of storms moves through your neighborhood, the rough weather will be over and conditions will improve rapidly.
The rainfall potential will not be quite as high with this storm system as compared to others we have seen so far this year. Due to the fast motion of the storms, only 1-2" is expected. If the Pacific cold front slows down, then areas from Woodville to Jasper and points south may end up with over 3", as more rain falls in these areas into the day on Monday.
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