First Alert Weather Days set through Saturday; heavy rainfall, severe storms possible

First Alert Weather Days set through Saturday; heavy rainfall, severe storms possible

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - More heavy rainfall is likely across portions of East Texas through Friday and into Saturday with Flash Flooding risks continuing.

We have seen some rainfall totals nearing 8" in parts of East Texas since Monday and more is likely. An additional 2"-4" of rain is possible through Saturday. Please continue to use extreme caution when driving. Don't drive onto roadways that are flooded, it is very difficult to determine just how deep the water is. Turn around and find another way to your final destination.

Saturday, we could see strong to severe thunderstorms pass through East Texas during the second half of the day as a strong cold front moves into East Texas. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the northern 1/2 of East Texas under a SLIGHT RISK for severe storms.

This means that there is a 15% chance for strong to severe storms within 25 miles of any point within the risk area. There is a good chance for this area to be increased to an ENHANCED RISK before Saturday. We will continue to keep you posted on any changes ahead. Now would be a good time to go over your severe weather procedures at home, just to be on the safe side. The risks, at this time, appear to be Medium on Tornadoes and Strong Winds in the strongest thunderstorms with this cold front. Hail risks appear to be fairly low and any additional heavy rainfall will cause more flooding, so the flash flooding risk is at High for this time period. Once again, the northern 1/2 of East Texas appears to be the area where the strongest/most severe storms are expected. Isolated strong/severe storms are certainly possible over southern areas.

More to come as we get closer to the weekend.

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