EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - With heavy rain and possible severe weather targeting East Texas on Valentine's Day, we have declared Tuesday a First Alert weather day for all of East Texas.
A Pacific storm system will provide us with a 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms on Valentine's Day. In addition to the potential for one-to-two inches of rain, we also have a medium risk for severe weather, especially for areas around Polk, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton counties.
Based on our wind profile in the atmosphere, some of the storms have the potential to rotate, leading to damaging winds and even the threat for a few tornadoes. Again, the best odds for this tornado threat will be for areas mainly along and south of a Groveton to Lufkin to Hemphill line.
In terms of timing, it appears our window of opportunity to see these heavy storms move in will be between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. In other words, you may want to brown bag your lunch on Tuesday as this system will be coming in during the midday hours.
By late Tuesday afternoon, the storms will be exiting off to the east, leaving behind just a few clouds and perhaps a spotty shower or two.
Therefore, if you want to make some Valentine's Day plans, you may be better off holding off until the evening hours, since the worst of the weather will be out of the Piney Woods by that time.
One of the best ways to stay on top of the weather where you live throughout the day on Tuesday is to have our FREE KTRE First Alert weather app. on both your smart phone and tablet devices. You can view our interactive radar, get severe weather alerts, and video updates on the go, when you want it, at your convenience.