A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for Friday evening and night, risks have increased in some areas.
A strong cold front is still expected to begin moving through East Texas during the early evening hours on Friday. Strong to severe storms are likely as this system moves through our area. The strongest storms should be through the northern 1/2 of East Texas by midnight, Friday night, but will continue to move through the southern areas into the earliest morning hours on Saturday.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of East Texas under a SLIGHT RISK for significant severe weather and has raised the threat over the NE sections of East Texas from Emory to Jacksonville to Nacogdoches to Northern Sabine County to an ENHANCED RISK. This does include the Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville area and all points northeast. This ENHANCED RISK for significant severe weather means that there is a 30% chance for significant severe weather within the area. Because of this, we have increased the risks for Large Hail, Strong Thunderstorm Winds as well as the threat of a few isolated tornadoes within the higher, enhanced risk area. (See Graphic) The Flash Flooding risk remains low as the storms should be moving through quickly and rainfall totals of .50" to 1.00" are currently forecast. Isolated higher amounts as well.
Please make sure, once we get into the day on Friday, that you have all of your batteries charged and that you have downloaded the KLTV/KTRE Weather Apps to your phone/tablets. Also, Please sign up for First Alert ThunderCall at kltv.thundercall.com.
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