Heavy rain, lightning coming this afternoon

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Showers and storms are building along a slow moving cold front this morning, bringing heavy rain and lightning to portions of East Texas.

A ridge of high pressure that kept us dry last week has pushed to the west, allowing an area of low pressure to move into the region. This low, along with a slow moving cold front, will continue to trek through East Texas Monday.

Showers and storms will begin to move into Deep East Texas, along the front, this afternoon. These storms could become severe at times, producing damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain. The Storm Prediction Center has placed East Texas under a "Slight Risk" for severe weather until 7 a.m. Tuesday. We're not expecting a widespread severe weather event but a few isolated severe storms can't be ruled out.

The cold front will slowly move to the east, moving out of East Texas by Tuesday morning. The chance for showers and storms will continue through noon Tuesday. Rain totals could reach between one and two inches on average over the next few days, with a few locations seeing higher amounts.

The threat  for severe weather will move to the east on Tuesday into the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, along the cold front. Portions of Southeast Texas will remain under a "Slight Risk" for severe weather, with the main threats once again being large hail and damaging winds.

The rainfall should begin to clear the area during the early morning hours of Tuesday. Look for clearing skies by Tuesday afternoon with warm and humid conditions returning to the area. The next chance for showers and storms beyond Monday will arrive Friday.

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