TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A weak tropical disturbance moved through the area yesterday providing clouds and rain to much of East Texas. This system continues to move to our west and weaken this morning. Today across East Texas there is still a chance of isolated thunderstorms this afternoon but they will be nowhere near as numerous as we saw yesterday with the greatest chance in our western counties, closer to the disturbance.
The weekend is looking hot and humid with highs reaching the middle to upper 90s and heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees. Other than the heat across East Texas the weather will be quiet, however it could be a much different story out in the Gulf. We are watching a strong tropical wave that more than likely will be a tropical depression later today or tomorrow. Current forecast tracks for this system bring it into the Gulf as at least a tropical storm. If this is the case it will be named Alex. Right now landfall looks to be anywhere from Panama City, FL to northern Mexico so all interests along the Gulf need to pay close attention. The National Hurricane Center will send reconnaissance plane to investigate this disturbance later today to determine if a tropical cyclone has formed.
If Alex does form there is a chance it could affect East Texas. A cold front will move into the area early next week. This front will eventually determine where the possible tropical system will end up. If the front moves a little faster than anticipated it will pick up the potential system bringing it ashore along the Florida Gulf Coast. If the front moves slower this storm could move towards the Northern Texas Gulf Coast but would eventually be pushed south and west of East Texas. For a look at how the storm could interact with the oil spill, please refer to Wednesday's Weather Story. Stay tuned to your East Texas News Leader for the latest.