EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The severe weather that has been pounding the southern Plain states over the past few days will be slowly shifting southward as we head through the afternoon and evening hours. That means areas in East and Northeast Texas will have the chance to see large hail, damaging winds, and even isolated tornadoes.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman has placed parts of North and Northeast Texas under a "moderate" risk for severe thunderstorms today. That means that there is a 45% chance of severe weather taking place within a 25 mile radius of any given point. At this time, the moderate risk area is north of Lufkin and Nacogdoches, basically stretching from Dallas to Palestine, and then further east to Shreveport.
Breaking it down in closer geographic terms, areas along and north of a Palestine to Rusk to Center line have the best chance to see the stronger storms on Tuesday afternoon. This is basically along and north of Highway 84. It is in these areas where the tornado threat will be highest.
As we head towards the late evening and overnight hours, this storm complex will start to move south and into the Lufkin and Nacogdoches areas. The tornado threat will weaken as these storms push further south. That would bode well for areas in Deep East Texas. However, the severe weather threat will still exist, with large hail and damaging winds still possible as we head towards the late evening and midnight hours.
We will be monitoring the weather setup closely and keep you updated.
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