The cold front, which is the focus of the rain/storms across East Texas will slowly move southeastward through the night tonight and into Thursday morning. The Risks for the strongest storms and most significant flooding potential has now moved farther south.
If you live north of U.S. Highway 79, the risks of severe storms and additional flooding have diminished significantly this afternoon and will continue to diminish through the evening. If you live over the southern portions of East Texas, or south of Highway 79, the risks of severe storms and additional flash flooding will remain higher through the night tonight. Once we get to sunrise on Thursday, the risks of severe weather should be gone and just some showers being possible over Deep East Texas.
Tornado watches are in effect until 9 p.m. for Trinity, Polk, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton counties. Flash flood watches are in effect for several counties in the southern sections of East Texas. (See graphic)
The Storm Prediction Center is keeping a large area of Deep East Texas under the Slight Risk through tonight. Additional flooding risks, strong storms with hail, and gusty winds and even an isolated tornado or two will be possible. Again, this area is generally south of Highway 79. (See graphic.) Please remain alert to changing weather conditions over the southern sections of East Texas through tonight.
Much better weather conditions are forecast by midday Thursday, through Saturday.
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