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Strong storms possible across East Texas on Friday afternoon

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

A cold front will move into East Texas this afternoon, giving most of the area a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Earlier the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma had much of East Texas under the threat of severe weather with the main risk being strong gusty winds. It now appears the overall threat of severe weather is not as great but a few strong storms could develop later this afternoon.

A strong complex of thunderstorms developed late last night ahead of the southward moving cold front. As these storms moved across the Red River they began to weaken. The tops of the storms were producing a large deck of cirrus clouds this morning across East Texas.

These clouds will keep temperatures from getting too war and will also cut back on the available energy for thunderstorm development. This is why the slight risk for severe storms across the area has been dropped for now.

As the cold front moves into East Texas this afternoon and evening, there should be enough surface heating to allow scattered showers and storms to develop. With the decrease in energy available for storms the overall severe threat appears rather weak however any storm that develops will be capable of producing heavy rain, strong gusty winds, and a tremendous amount of cloud to ground lightning. The storms will be scattered so many areas will not see storms this afternoon and evening. But those areas that doe receive thunderstorm activity could see marginally severe weather with wind gusts to 60 mph and pea size hail.

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