Monday's Weather: Increasing clouds. Showers & storms this afternoon. Highs in the low to mid 80s

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - We are waking up to some balmy conditions all across the region. Temperatures are starting off in the mid to upper 70s! We have some clouds moving into the region from the south. Look for plenty of cloud cover to start your morning off with. Your Monday outlook calls for Mostly cloudy skies, with some sunshine during the middle of the day. Highs will warm into the low to mid 80s across the region. Showers and thunderstorms will begin popping up across the region during the afternoon hours. At first, these will be isolated to scattered, but look for an increase in coverage of showers and storms with a line moving in from the west during the late afternoon hours. Some of these storms have the potential to be severe. The Storm Prediction Center has outlook portions of East Texas under a SLIGHT RISK for severe storms this afternoon and evening. The main threats look to be damaging winds and large hail. The tornado threat looks pretty low, but as always, we will be watching it very closely. The rain will continue to increase in intensity during the evening and overnight period. Tuesday calls for periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms to move across the region. The front will have moved through but, waves of rainfall will continue to move into the area. Look for temps to cool off with highs only in the mid 60s Tuesday. The rainfall will once again continue in waves through Wednesday morning before the entire system finally begins to move to the east. This brings up the next issue with this system. Even though most of the area is running a 5-8 inch rainfall deficit for the year, getting too much rainfall at one time can lead to flooding issues. Especially in low-lying, poor drainage areas. The latest guidance continues to indicate the potential of pretty large rainfall amounts in the 3-6 inch range. This may arrive too fast for parts of the area leading to flash flooding issues. We will have to monitor this potential threat very closely. The good news is that once the rainfall ends Wednesday morning, we get to enjoy an extended streak of nice and unseasonably cool weather. Highs on Wednesday will be held in the mid 60s with overnight lows by Thursday morning,  all the way down into the low to mid 40s. I would not at all be surprised to see a few upper 30s in some of our cooler locations! Look for plenty of sunshine to continue for the rest of your work week and right through the upcoming weekend. 

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