A few severe storms could invade East Texas today

By Grant Dade - bio | email

***Update.  The cold front is currently moving into the I-20 corridor so it looks as though any storms that develop will be across our southeastern counties, from Carthage to Elkhart and points south and east.***

A cold front will move into East Texas later this morning and bring a chance of severe weather to the area.  Right now, warm air not only at the surface but around 5000 feet is keeping a cap on thunderstorm development.  But as the cold front slides into East Texas, it could help push the surface air past this cap leading to thunderstorm development.  The air mass ahead of the front is very unstable along with a large amount of wind shear, winds at different directions and different speeds as up move up the atmosphere, so we will have to monitor this situation very closely.  There is a chance the cap could hold steady throughout the day and if that happens, very little thunderstorm development will occur.  However, if a storm does develop, it could become severe very rapidly.  The main threat today will be heavy rain and gusty winds but, there is slight chance an isolated tornado could develop.

Behind the front much cooler air will move into East Texas with some of the coolest temperatures so far this season.  Temperatures could drop into the lower to middle 40s Sunday morning.  Stay tuned to your East Texas News Leader for the latest.

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