EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A west coast storm will pick up speed and move east into the Plains this weekend, bringing most of the state a good chance for some beneficial rainfall.
Our weekend will start off mainly dry on Saturday, then end on a wet note, with the best chances for rain coming in on Sunday.
In regards to timing, it appears that we will see scattered showers start to develop and move in to East Texas during the early morning hours on Sunday. The rain and thunderstorms will then pick up in coverage and intensity as we head towards the midday hours and continue through the early afternoon. By the time we approach Sunday evening, most of the rain will push east into Louisiana as the Pacific cold front moves through.
The severe weather threat with this next system will be very low, which is certainly some good news, considering some of the recent tornadoes we saw around here about a month ago. However, in saying that, we could still see some gusty winds, and frequent lightning as the rain and storms move in along the cold front Sunday.
Rainfall potential for the Piney Woods looks to be around an inch, with some areas possibly receiving even higher amounts. This rain could not have come at a better time as our rainfall deficit for the year now stands at 2.29" and counting. Keep in mind that each day we do not receive rain, the deficit goes up by about 0.12".
For all of you that are on spring break, don't worry, the weather all of next week is looking fabulous. High pressure will dominate the landscape, leading to mostly clear skies and seasonal temperatures for mid-March.
With all the nice and dry weather coming up for spring break week, that makes the rain we see on Sunday that more valuable and needed in the Texas Forest Country.
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