Brad Hlozek joined the East Texas Weather Team in March 2006 as the Weekend Meteorologist. He became KTRE's Chief Meteorologist in December of 2008, and continues to provide East Texans with an accurate, and informed weather forecast each weeknight at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
A graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Brad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in December of 2005. While at A&M, Brad had the exciting opportunity to storm chase. Although he never saw a tornado, the experiences of observing the radar and the storm structures while out in the field, was a great teaching tool.
One of Brad's most memorable experiences so far was covering Hurricane Ike when it came through East Texas on September 13, 2008. In working around the clock, he realized that covering a hurricane was both exhilarating, and exhausting at the same time.
On a lighter note, the Easter snow event in April of 2007 was quite remarkable for East Texans considering it was the latest snowfall to ever fall in East Texas for the early part of spring. Several inches of snow fell and stuck to the ground, leading to a "White Easter" for many across the Texas Forest Country.
Brad's experiences before he came to KTRE-TV included internships with Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller at KTRK (ABC 13) in Houston, Texas during the summer of 2004 and with Chief Meteorologist Bob French at in Bryan College Station, Texas in the summer and fall of 2005.
The Woodlands, Texas, is the place Brad calls home. He moved there in the late summer of 1992 and has seen the area grow in size and numbers ever since. He says the pine trees in Lufkin remind him of the pine trees and woods back home.
Heat index values are expected to hover around 105 degrees this weekend,leading to some dangerously hot weather. We do have some slight rain chances this weekend, but our best odds to get wet will hold off until Monday.
The hottest temperatures of 2019 to date will be with us the next few days. It is the feels like temperature, however, that may reach dangerous levels in the afternoon. Please take your heat precautions seriously.
A First Alert Weather Day in place for tonight as some strong storms may clip parts of our KTRE viewing area. Some morning clouds and rain on Thursday will give way to afternoon sunshine and drier conditions as the heat builds across our region.
With the threat for strong-to-severe thunderstorms moving into the Piney Woods overnight Wednesday and into early Thursday morning, we have declared a First Alert Weather Day for Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and all of Deep East Texas during this time frame.
Storms tracking in from north Texas overnight will be in a weakening mode, but a few may hold together to wake a few of you up. Otherwise, a weak cold front sliding through our area may trigger a few downpours both Thursday and Friday afternoons.