EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A Tornado Watch has been issued for Franklin, Smith, Wood, Camp, Gregg, Morris, Titus, Cass, Harrison, and Upshur Counties until 9:00 p.m.
A strong low pressure system will continue to build into the Central Plains from the west this morning. On Sunday morning, scattered storms, some severe, began popping up along this system over North Texas. This low, along with a Pacific Cold front, will continue to move to the East, into East Texas this afternoon.
A dry-line separating warm moist air from very dry and stable air will continue to develop over Central Texas around noon. Storms over North Texas this morning have drained that area of the instability needed for severe weather. As the dry line continues to move to the east, we'll see a chance for storms increasing over East Texas this afternoon.
Moist warm air ahead of the cold front and dry line will meet up with dry cool air behind the front, creating storms over East Texas this afternoon and evening. Some of these storms are expected to become severe as instability increases throughout the day. These severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing tornadoes, large hail (around golf ball size), damaging winds (over 60 mph), and localized flooding.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed East Texas under a "Slight Risk" for severe weather through 7AM Monday. Portions of Far Northeast Texas will be under a "Moderate Risk" for severe weather through tomorrow morning. MOST of us are out of the Moderate Risk, but that is NOT TO SAY we are out of the woods just yet. We could still see large hail, possibly up to 2 inches in diameter, along with isolated tornadoes. Please don't let your guard down just yet.
The chance for scattered showers and storms will continue overnight, into the early morning hours on Monday. We will continue to see a chance for severe weather until then, but skies will start to clear behind the cold front Monday morning.
Please talk with your loved ones to make a plan in the event of severe weather today. Remember, if there is a tornado in your area, seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of your home.
As always, the Storm Tracker Weather team will keep you updated on the potential for severe weather as these storms begin to develop.
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