Severe storms possible before Christmas

By Grant Dade - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The week of Christmas looks very interesting around East Texas to say the least. A very strong Lee Side low pressure system looks to develop Tuesday afternoon in the Colorado High Plains and move east northeast into the Midwest Christmas Eve. Out ahead of this storm system warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico will surge northwest into the circulation of this strong low pressure. Because of this surface dewpoints in East Texas could easily reach the low 60s setting the stage for a possible severe weather event early Wednesday.

Right now, it appears there will be plenty of instability in the lowest level of the atmosphere to produce scattered thunderstorms. The Lifted Index, or the difference between the lifted parcel temperature and the parcel's surrounding temperatures, is negative across most of East Texas Wednesday morning. Click here to read more.

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