EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Our active, spring storm pattern will continue and resume on Wednesday, which is why we have declared Wednesday a First Alert Weather Day for Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and all of Deep East Texas.
The threat for severe weather has gone up in the past twelve hours, with the area highlighted in orange now under a medium risk for severe weather.
All modes of severe weather will be possible on Wednesday. That means large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes will all be possible based on our weather setup we are anticipating taking place in the Piney Woods.
During the day on Wednesday, we will have a chance to see two opportunities or windows for storms and severe weather to rumble through our part of the state.
The first window will be during the mid-to-late morning hours when a disturbance tracking along the upper Texas coast may send a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms into parts of our area, mainly along the Highway 190 corridor stretching from Livingston to Jasper. These storms, while strong, will be more isolated in nature.
We will then have a second window for heavy rain and severe weather to occur in East Texas. This will be from the late afternoon hours and will continue through the mid-evening hours as a cold front will send a larger storm complex rumbling through our part of the state. This is when widespread, heavier storms will affect nearly all of East Texas as all modes of severe weather will be possible.
At this time, our timeline for the later round of storms will start as early as 4 p.m. and continue through around 9 p.m. They will be moving from the northwest to the southeast, which means areas from Palestine to Crockett and down to Trinity will be done with the storms the earliest, while areas in Hemp hill, Jasper, Newton, and along the Sabine River will be in the storm threat until around 10 p.m.
In addition to the severe weather threat, there will also be heavy rainfall taking place as well. Most areas will receive around one-to-two inches of rain. However, areas in the Sabine National Forest and down into Tyler, Jasper, and Newton counties could experience over three inches of rain in a few spots, leading to some minor flooding issues.
Once the main line of storms cross the Sabine River and into Louisiana, our threat for severe weather and heavy rain will be over with for about a week as we get a nice, extended stretch of clear skies and pleasant, spring weather.
One of the best ways to stay on top of the latest weather developments where you live 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 watch our video updates on the go, when you want it, at your convenience, all in the palm of your hand. If you do not have a smart phone, we also have another FREE service called First Alert ThunderCall. With ThunderCall, you can register as many phones as you would like, and just like the app., you will receive a personal phone call should a tornado, severe thunderstorm, or flash flood warning be issued where you live.