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Wednesday's Weather: Isolated storms before noon, possibly severe. Skies clear after noon with highs in the mid 70s


Showers and storms will continue to pop up across East Texas for our Wednesday morning, possibly becoming strong to severe at times.

A Tornado Watch has been issued for East Texas until 7 a.m. Stay weather aware this morning and make sure that you have a plan in place, in the event of severe weather.

An area of low pressure is moving through the central plains, heading to the east. As this low meets up with moist, warm, and unstable air over East Texas, isolated storms will pop up. These storms, moving to the northeast around 40-50 mph could become strong to severe at times. The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds but we cannot rule out the possibility of a few isolated tornadoes.

The best timing for any possibly severe weather will be before 7 a.m. 

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the northern half of East Texas, north of Lufkin, under a "slight risk" (level 2 of 5) through 6 a.m. Wednesday. The rest of East Texas will be under a "marginal risk" (level 1 of 5).

By Wednesday afternoon, most of the rain will exit East Texas, to the east. Our skies will start to clear, with highs in the low to mid 70s this afternoon. Skies will stay clear through Thursday morning, but that next chance for rain is just around the corner.

By Thursday evening, another system will bring another round of rain into the region. These showers will start to build over Deep East Texas, as southerly winds pull moisture in from the Gulf. By Christmas morning, those showers will start to build into the northern half of East Texas as moisture meets up with a cold front. We'll have scattered showers and even a few storms possible throughout the entire Christmas day.

That chance for rain will stick around through the upcoming weekend, even into Monday. Rain will become heavy at times as it builds along a cold front Sunday into Monday. By the start of next week, rain totals could reach 3-6 inches with isolated amounts up to 7 inches before coming to an end Monday. Flash flooding will be our major concern over the weekend.

Lows will warm into the low 60s with highs in the low 70s for Christmas. Those well above average temperatures will stick around through much of the weekend, until that front moves through. Behind the front, lows will fall into the upepr 30s to low 40s with highs in the low to mid 50s Monday. 

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