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Large hail and damaging winds possible Friday afternoon

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A look at the severe weather predicted to move into East Texas Friday A look at the severe weather predicted to move into East Texas Friday
(KLTV) - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is now in effect, until 7 PM, for the NW sections of East Texas. The counties are...Hunt, Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Morris, Camp, Upshur, Wood, Rains, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Smith, Henderson, Anderson, Cass, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Gregg and Cherokee.  

The threat for severe thunderstorms across portions of East Texas continues to grow for your Friday afternoon and evening.

A warm and unstable air mass exist across the region Friday. Temperatures were in the 60s and 70s this morning across the area. These numbers will warm into the upper 70s and even a few lower 80s as some sunshine sneaks through the cloud cover Friday afternoon.

The warmth and increasing moisture will act as fuel across the region with a disturbance diving southeast toward East Texas. The disturbance will serve as a match to ignite storm development around mid-afternoon along the Interstate 30 corridor. The storms will continue to intensify and push toward East Texas during the afternoon and early evening hours.

The main time frame for severe weather across East Texas looks to be late Friday afternoon and during the early evening hours.

The main threats continue to indicate the highest risk is for large hail typically associated with some of the thunderstorms. Damaging winds are likely with some of these storms due to the formation and movement of the activity.

The severe weather threat should come to an end around the late evening hours Friday. Look for clearing conditions as we progress through the overnight period.

The good news is that the weekend forecast continues to look great with plenty of sunshine and highs in the low to mid 70s. Overnight lows this weekend will dip back down into the 40s.

Depend on the StormTracker Weather Team to keep you ahead of the stormy weather. Get the latest forecast at your fingertips with the KLTV 7 StormTracker weather app. To download the app, text "APP7" to 77997.

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