More locally heavy rainfall likely overnight and on Thursday

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - An abundance of moisture from both the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific will combine with an approaching storm system and cold front to generate more rounds of heavy rain for the Piney Woods overnight and then again on Thursday.

Since more heavy downpours are expected on top of what we have already seen today, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Cherokee, Houston, Polk, Rusk, and Trinity counties through the midday hours on Thursday.

Our Microcast computer model shows an additional one to two inches of rain are possible between 7pm tonight through Thursday evening.  It is even possible a few areas could see isolated rainfall amounts of up to four inches before it's all said and done.

In addition to the heavy rainfall potential, there is even a slight risk of severe thunderstorms on Thursday, with damaging winds being the main threat with a line of storms that is expected to roll through Lufkin and Nacogdoches between 11am and 2pm.

The one bit of good news today that has changed from the past few days, it's that it does appear the rain will be exiting stage right earlier than expected tomorrow.  That means trick-or-treaters should be able to venture out without being deluged with heavy rain.

Notice that our high resolution RPM computer model shows the rain pushing into Louisiana by 7pm Thursday.  Most of our other models are also trending faster with the departure of the rain.

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