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First Alert: Tropical storm force wind gusts likely on Sunday

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -

We will be monitoring another storm system that will have significant impacts on our East Texas weather this weekend, but in a different way than what we typically experience in the Piney Woods. 

Saturday will be dry throughout much of the day before the next storm drags in a cold front by Saturday night.  As that front moves through, it will provide us with a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

The rain chances will be slim-to-none on Sunday.  However, the big story for the second half of your weekend will be the wind machine, which will really get cranking across all of Deep East Texas.  In fact, we are forecasting northwesterly winds at 20 to 25 mph, with wind gusts approaching 40 mph.

These 40 mph wind gusts we experience on Sunday are tropical storm force winds that will come from a non-thunderstorm event.  Rather, this will be due to low pressure intensifying across Arkansas, creating a large pressure difference over a small area.

This wind storm will be exacerbated by the fact that the recent rains over the past week has led to a very weak root system in East Texas.  That means trees are more vulnerable to being knocked down as the winds will be able to uproot the weaker trees fairly easily. 

As a result of this wind storm blowing in on Sunday, we have declared that day a First Alert weather day since these gusty northwest winds will disrupt your daily routine and any of your outdoor activities you may have planned.

Therefore, it would be wise to tie up any loose items that can easily by tossed around by these tropical storm force wind gusts before they get here on Sunday morning.  This includes patio furniture, trash cans, and pool side umbrellas, just to name a few.

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