As you make plans this weekend, keep in mind that Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening could turn stormy in parts of the Piney Woods.
Not only will storms be possible toward the end of the weekend, but the threat for severe storms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, and even isolated tornadoes will be possible due to a potent spring storm pulling into the Plains.
In addition to the warm and humid weather needed to spark strong thunderstorms, we will have an additional element coming in to play that could lead to a few rotating thunderstorms that are capable of producing a tornado: namely, wind shear. That means we will have winds increasing and changing direction with height. That added element is why you will want to keep tabs on the radar on Sunday afternoon.
If there's any positive news, it is that Lufkin and Nacogdoches are only under a "slight" risk for severe weather. Meanwhile, areas just off to our north and east (see image) are under a "moderate" risk for more widespread severe storms. That is indicated in the orange shading of our severe weather risk image. So if you are planning on traveling toward the Shreveport or Texarkana areas, keep in mind that those areas have a higher or elevated risk of seeing rough weather.
To stay on top of any weather developments, make sure you download our FREE KTRE weather app. If you don't have a smart phone, you can sign up for our FREE ThunderCall service. Both of these features will alert you to severe weather the instant a severe weather warning is issued where you live. Even if you do not receive bad weather in your neighborhood, having one or both of these products will be useful for future severe weather outbreaks later on in the spring season.
A chance of rain and storms may linger into early next week before a late season cold front brings in some cooler temperatures and lower humidity by the middle of next week.
Keep it tuned to KTRE-TV for the latest updates on your weekend weather.
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