EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Our weather has undergone a makeover in just the past 24 hours as clouds, warmth, and humidity have all made a return to the Piney Woods. All the warmth and humidity will feed into a developing western storm this weekend, one that will have the potential to provide severe weather to East Texas.
Right now, there are still some timing discrepancies as to when the main line of storms will arrive on Saturday. Having said that, we do know that with plenty of turning of the winds and instability in place, isolated tornadoes and straight line wind damage will be our main concerns.
The earlier in the day that the storms arrive, the less volatile they will be; however, if the system slows down and the main line of thunderstorms does not get into the Piney Woods until the late afternoon or evening hours, then that means wind damage would be more likely as the atmosphere would have the opportunity to become more unstable.
Needless to say, this is an evolving situation, one that will be monitored closely over the next 24 to 36 hours.
With Saturday being a huge travel and shopping day, it is vital that you stay on top of the weather and have a way to get the warnings should they be issued where you live.
Thankfully, we have just the tools you need to have on hand in order to monitor the weather this weekend.
Our KTRE weather app. gives you access to Interactive radar, alerts you to any severe weather, and allows you to easily submit your weather photos to our photo gallery on ktre.com.
We also have ThunderCall, which is a free service where we personally call you should a tornado, severe thunderstorm, or flash flood warning be issued for your specific zip code and place of residence.
If you are away from your television set and driving around town, these two items will be very handy for you.
We will continue to monitor the latest computer model trends and fine-tune the forecast in regards to the timing of these strong thunderstorms on Saturday.