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Heavy rain, cooler temperatures ahead for East Texas

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect across a large portion of East Texas, through 1PM Wednesday for: Smith, Wood, Franklin, Titus, Morris, Marion, Harrison, Camp, Cherokee, Panola, Rusk, Gregg, and Upshur Counties and for Anderson and Henderson Counties until 7AM Wednesday. A cold front will bring with it numerous showers and thundershowers with locally heavy rain. Most of East Texas will see between one and two inches of rain with a few localized areas receiving up to three inches before ending late tomorrow.

At the surface, southeasterly winds the past few days have brought in copious amounts of tropical moisture while at the same time moisture from Tropical Storm Octave is feeding the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere with moisture. As a cold front moves into the area late this afternoon this moisture will be squeezed out in the form of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Right now the atmosphere is not set up for severe weather but a strong wind gust or two along with small hail is possible with the strongest thundershowers today. The main threat will be for localized flooding with the heavier downpours, especially tonight across the Flash Flood Watch area.

Once the front moves through tonight, much cooler air will move into the area but our rain chances will not end. A disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere will cause scattered showers and thundershowers to develop behind the front tomorrow, especially along and south of I-20. It will also be much cooler across the area tomorrow as many areas will struggle to reach the lower 60s.

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