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Heavy rain and storms likely across East Texas today

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A strong storm system moving across the Plains today will push a cold front into East Texas during the day tomorrow. Out ahead of this front tropical moisture from the Gulf is setting the stage for a heavy rain event. The first round of heavy rain will occur this morning through around Midday. Then we will see a break in the activity allowing for temperatures to warm into the middle and upper 70s.

As the front moves into the area late tonight more showers and an occasional thunderstorm will develop with the potential to produce very heavy rain. A flash Flood Watch has been issued for areas along and north of a line from Palestine to Rusk to Carthage. This does include the Tyler and Longview areas. In the watch area widespread 1 to 3 inches of rain are likely with a few spots receiving up to 4 inches.

In addition to very heavy rain there is a slight chance of a strong storm or two possible reaching severe levels. The main threat with any of the stronger storms will be gusty winds. Winds just off the surface will be out of the southwest between 40 and 60 miles per hour and any stronger storms could push these winds to the surface allowing for wind gust to reach 50 to 60 miles per hour. This will only be in isolated areas. There will also be a very small tornado threat with the storms overnight but with the lack of energy over the area and strong forcing remaining well to our north, this threat appears very small at this time. The time frame for the stronger storms will be after midnight tonight through Thursday morning. So if you have not done so yet this would be the perfect time to go to your smart phones app store and download the latest KLTV weather app.

As for Halloween night for all the Trick-O-Treaters, it looks as though the rain and storms will be out of the area by 5PM tomorrow allowing for dry conditions as the kids head out

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