We knew it couldn't last forever.  The beautiful Spring-like weather across Deep East Texas has been nice, but that's coming to a drastic halt. 

Sunday night/Monday morning saw quite a bit of heavy precipitation across the area, but given how dry it has been lately, those 1-2 inch rainfall amounts are welcome.  But, what is expected for our area Tuesday through Wednesday morning, we'd rather do without.

First, on Tuesday morning and afternoon, forecasters are calling for heavy rainfall with the possibility of severe storms.  Another 1-3 inches of rain could fall, plus there could be gusty winds around thunderstorms along with hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Then, late Tuesday through Wednesday morning, the rain chances will diminish somewhat, but here comes the colder weather and powerful northwest winds.  Those winds could gust to 40 mph late Tuesday and up to 45 mph Wednesday morning before settling a bit by Wednesday afternoon (tropical storm force winds start at 39 mph).    Tuesday night we will get down to 43 for a low and rebound only to 54 on Wednesday afternoon.

Winds gusting to 45 mph could cause some downed trees, scattered power outages, and other damage to unsecured objects.  High profile vehicles traveling during the peak wind times should also exercise caution.