EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A Pacific storm system will be swinging through the Lone Star state this evening, bringing with it a good chance for strong-to-severe thunderstorms in East Texas.
With all the dynamics and ingredients in place, all of East Texas has been placed under an “enhanced” risk for severe thunderstorms this Friday evening.
An “enhanced” risk means there is a 30% chance of severe weather taking place within a 25 mile radius of your place of residence. Keep in mind that when we were under this “enhanced” risk last Sunday, we had numerous hail storms that formed and moved through Nacogdoches and Shelby counties. It goes without saying, we are fairly confident that everything is coming in line to bring some severe thunderstorms to Deep East Texas late Friday evening.
Our biggest threat with any of these storms will be damaging winds. However, large hail and even an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out. With our winds shifting direction and speed as you go from the surface up to 15,000 feet in the atmosphere, there could be some rotating thunderstorms later today. When this wind shear is present, a tornado threat is always possible.
In terms of timing, we feel that strong-to-severe thunderstorms will make their way into the Crockett, Groveton, and Alto areas as early as 8pm. Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and the Highway 59 corridor can expect to see severe weather between 8 pm and 11 pm, with areas from Center to San Augustine and Jasper not possibly seeing any thunderstorm activity until after midnight. It should be noted that these are estimated arrival times and any deviation in the storm development to our northwest later today could change those arrival times where you live.
The best way you can stay weather aware is to make sure you download our new and improved FREE KTRE weather app. One of our new features now allows you to view lightning data when viewing the interactive radar. You can also get storm tracks, severe weather alerts, and all the features that you have grown accustomed to using over the past couple of years.
If you don't have a smart phone and would like to receive severe weather alerts on your flip phone or your home phone, you can sign up for our FREE ThunderCall service. ThunderCall will call your registered phone number the instant a severe weather warning is issued where you live.
Finally, as a reminder, please make sure your phone devices are fully charged this evening. In the event that you were to lose power, you would still be able to gather and receive the important weather information from us at KTRE, whether it is via your phone or tablet.