EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Our First Alert weather team has designated this upcoming Thursday and Friday as First Alert Weather Days.
A First Alert Weather Day simply means that the weather could be disruptive to your daily routine and could possibly cause you to have to alter your plans. It does not always mean that severe weather is imminent or likely.
In the case of Thursday, we are looking at a 40% chance of scattered, heavy downpours to develop across the Piney Woods. The severe weather threat looks minimal for our part of the state, as heavy downpours and rumbles of thunder look to form during the mid-afternoon time frame.
As we get into Friday, however, a developing storm system in the desert southwest will pull into the plains, bringing all of Deep East Texas a 60% chance at receiving some heavy rain and a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms that day as well.
While none of our risk assessment threats for Friday are all that high, there is a medium risk that some storms could contain some damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and some large hail, greater than a quarter inch in diameter. The tornado threat is on the low end of the scale, but not zero.
With many high school graduations set for Friday evening, you will want to stay weather aware as Mother Nature could force you to alter your schedule, depending upon the timing and location of where some of those heavier storms set up Friday afternoon.
Once we get into the Memorial Day weekend, rain chances will taper down to just 20%, while the humidity and warm temperatures will remain with us.
One of the best ways to stay on top of the weather where you live throughout the week and through the Memorial Day Observance is to have our FREE KTRE weather app. on both your smart phone and tablet devices. Our app. gives you access to our First Alert forecast, interactive radar, severe weather alerts, and so much more. It is weather on the go, when you want it, at your convenience.