EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - An active storm track will quickly ramp up our chances for heavy rain and a few strong thunderstorms as we head into the last weekend in October.
From Stephen F. Austin State University's homecoming, to the Lufkin Panthers home game against Corsicana, and of course, Halloween festivities, there are plenty of activities going on Saturday in Deep East Texas.
Fortunately, it does appear that based on the timing of this weekend storm system, many of these events look to get in with the worst of the weather taking place during the overnight hours on Friday and continuing through the first half of the day on Saturday.
Our high resolution Futurecast shows what the radar will look like at 7 a.m. Saturday. Notice how we will have widespread, heavy rain and storms rumbling through the Piney Woods. If you do have any outdoor activities in the morning hours, it will more than likely get washed out. There is also the possibility that a few of the storms embedded in the shields of rain could be on the strong side, capable of producing some damaging winds.
As we fast forward to 3 p.m., notice how Futurecast shows the heaviest rain shifting east of our area. We still may have some heavy downpours over Sam Rayburn country and areas further east toward the Sabine River; however, areas from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and west of the Highway 59 corridor will be drying out, with just lots of clouds and a few spotty showers leftover at this time.
Due to the fast movement of this storm system, it appears it will move through ahead of schedule, which means the Lumberjacks homecoming football game against Incarnate Word should get in relatively dry, with only soggy grounds remaining throughout the game.
The faster storm movement also bodes well for all you ghosts and goblins that plan on venturing out Saturday night for trick-or-treating.
By the time we get towards 7 p.m., we are forecasting just a 20% chance of isolated showers. Streets will be wet, but at least the worst of the weather will be off to our east in Louisiana by that time.
It should be noted that this storm system will not dump as much rain on the Texas Forest Country as the system that came through just a week ago. However, we are still forecasting one-to-two inches of rain on average, with some areas possibly receiving higher amounts.
With a 90% chance of heavy rain and storms moving in for the first half of your Saturday, make sure you stay prepared and ahead of the storm. Your best bet for doing that is having our FREE, KTRE weather app. available for your perusal. Our weather app. gives you access to our interactive radar, weather alerts, and allows you to get a daily and hourly forecast, right in the palm of your hand.