First Alert: Our first round of spring storms look to pack a punch Friday

First Alert: Our first round of spring storms look to pack a punch Friday

Our first bout of spring thunderstorms is on the horizon, which is why we have a First Alert weather day in place for Friday afternoon and evening across Deep East Texas.

We will see a line of thunderstorms develop across North Central Texas during the midday hours on Friday.  That line of storms will then accelerate eastward and will be arriving into our part of the state by the time we get into Friday afternoon and evening.

Even though there is a low risk for severe weather, our main concern is damaging winds in excess of 50 to 60 mph, since these storms will be accelerating very quickly off to the east.

There is a very small risk of hail and an isolated tornado, but at this time, gusty winds are the main concern, should any storms turn severe.

Based on the latest guidance we have digested, here are some estimated arrival times for the storms on Friday.

3-6 p.m.:  Crockett, Grapeland, Latexo, Lovelady, Austonio, Kennard, Groveton, Glendale, Trinity, and Alto.

6-9 p.m.:  Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Garrison, Woden, Chireno, Mount Enterprise, Corrigan, Pollok, Hudson, Diboll, Huntington, and Livingston.

9 p.m.-Midnight:  Center, Shelbyville, Dreka, Huxley, Milam, Hemphill, Bronson, Pineland, Jasper, Newton, Burkeville, and Toledo Bend.

Look for the storms to clear our area shortly after midnight, giving way to a few showers lingering into the pre-dawn hours on Saturday morning.

This will set us up for a fairly nice weekend as drier air and lower humidity make a return to the Piney Woods.

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