Friday, May 14, 2010

It’s taking a while but, much needed rain is on the way

The cold front we have been advertising for days has stalled out to our west this morning. We are still anticipating this front to move into the area overnight tonight increasing the chance of rain for all of East Texas. This afternoon we will see a few scattered showers and storms develop thanks to day time temperatures reaching the middle to upper 80s. These storms will be few and far between so unfortunately, most areas will remain dry.

It is tonight that our front will begin to sag south into East Texas and with it, our rain chances increase. It looks as though we will see off and on thunderstorms throughout the weekend so keep the rain gear handy. As you can see from the forecast rainfall across the area, most of East Texas is forecast to have at least 1.5” of rain, the purple colors on the map.

A disturbance will move through the area Sunday night and push the cold front off to our east. There is a chance that as this disturbance moves through Sunday night, very heavy rain could occur. A few of our forecast guidance suggest some areas could see over 3” of rain. We will have to monitor this very closely. Due to the lack of rain, heavy rain will run off increasing the threat for flash flooding. Again this is not set in stone and a lot could change between now and then. Stay with your East Texas News Leader for the latest.

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