Record High Temps, Severe Storms and Cold Front for East Texas
Here we go again. Get ready for another round of temperatures well above normal and a cold front bringing with it the threat of severe weather.
Record Setting Heat
Friday, a warm front will move through the area ushering in temperature readings as high as 85 degrees in some areas of the Pineywoods. Lufkin's all-time record high for December 10 is 81. That happened way back in 1939. That record is expected to fall by a degree or two on Friday. Winds out of the southwest will gust upwards to 30 mph.
That warm front will pave the way for gulf moisture to stream into East Texas ahead of an approaching cold front. That instability could lead to a few pop up showers or storms on Friday afternoon, however, the biggest threat of thunderstorms will happen late Friday, probably sometime between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Some of the storms could become severe. Hail, damaging winds and yes, even tornadoes are in the picture. An F2 or stronger tornado could occur in some of the storms, especially towards eastern Louisiana and eastern Arkansas. The Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma has much of the Pineywoods and northern Louisiana in the 'slight' range of getting severe weather, while much of the MIssissippi River Valley is in the 'enhanced' area for the possibility of severe weather.
How much rain can we expect?
The chance of rain is only 20% Friday afternoon, but will increase to an 80% chance by late Friday. These storms may be strong or severe, but should only drop about a quarter to half inch or rain in the area.
The weekend will be cooler will highs in the 60s with gusty north winds. Be sure to download the FREE KICKS 105 App for weather alerts to be sent to your smartphone.