A wet weekend likely for the Piney Woods

The highest rainfall potential this weekend will be across Central Texas and along the Gulf coast.
The highest rainfall potential this weekend will be across Central Texas and along the Gulf coast.

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The unseasonably warm and dry weather we have experienced as of late will be taking a back seat to some cooler and wetter weather this weekend.

A cold front will combine with plenty of Gulf of Mexico and Pacific moisture to generate widespread rain showers across the Lone Star State.  Rain has already been falling across North and West Texas and that will be shifting further to the south and east as we head into Saturday.

We will introduce a slight chance of showers this afternoon, but the best chances of rain for East Texas will take place throughout the day on Saturday.  At this point, we do not anticipate strong storms; just a steady, soaking rain that will fall on and off throughout the day under overcast skies.

Good News For the State

The widespread nature of the rain is great news for our state.  Many areas in Central and West Texas are still in a moderate to severe drought.  What is even better is that the bulk of the rain looks to fall in these areas, with lesser amounts expected in our neck of the woods.

As you can see by the graphic, we are expecting about one half to one inch of rain this weekend, with areas west of the Interstate 45 corridor having the potential to receive one to two inches before the event comes to an end Sunday evening.

A Treat For Next Week

The rain will come to an end by Sunday evening as drier air filters into Deep East Texas.  As the skies clear out, we will be in store for some pleasant nights next week, with lows dipping back down into the 50's.

Keeping Tabs on The Rain

You can view our live streaming radar and get Interactive radar views throughout the weekend by visiting our StormTracker 9 weather page.  Make sure to bookmark this page on your desktop so you can check it occasionally.  You can also keep tabs on the radar with our  KTRE Weather app.

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