TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Our weather team will be monitoring the potential of strong to severe storms after sunset tonight and through the early morning hours ahead of a potent cold front. Main concern will be gusty winds between 50-75 mph.
Let’s get right to the forecast details.
As of midday Friday, the cold front was along I-40 in Oklahoma & Arkansas, stretching back into parts of West Texas. This front will be sent with south/east momentum as the upper level disturbance continues to dive toward the Central Plains to Midwest in the afternoon/evening.
The result will be for storms to develop in North Texas late evening and then work into East Texas later in the night.
Early on, we should be quiet in our area. Storms developing in North Texas and approach DFW between 7pm – 10pm. By late evening, we will watch for storms to approach our northwestern counties. As the storms enter toward Rains, Hopkins, Van Zandt counties, we will be monitoring for damaging winds and hail.
FRIDAY LATE EVENING & EARLY OVERNIGHT:
After 10PM, our focus will turn toward the areas between I-30 & I-20 and our central counties (including Tyler-Longview). These storms can still be rather strong (and contain a lot of lightning), but should slowly be weakening. However, we will monitor them because of their intense momentum to the East/Southeast.
Note the loss of strength these storms will have as we get deeper into the early morning hours. This is because the upper level support is further northeast into the mid-western states. By Saturday morning, we are transitioning to the cooler airmass.
SUMMARY & IMPACTS:
The Storm Prediction Center has the greatest risk of severe weather along the Red River, with a Slight Risk of severe storms for I-30 counties to just north of I-20. The explanation of these risk areas is shown below.
The #1 concern for ANY storm in East Texas tonight and overnight will be strong straight line winds. These winds can get up to 50-75 mph and cause damage and power outages. Other threats are quarter size hail and a brief period of heavy rain. Lightning is a component to any t-storm, and make sure you’re indoors when thunder roars!
Chief Meteorologist Scott Chesner & Meteorologist Brian Alonzo will be here to keep you updated this evening and tonight. Stay weather aware. Then, enjoy the MUCH cooler weather for the weekend.