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Weather Talk: Storm potential this weekend

Weather Talk: Storm potential this weekend
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Weather Talk
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 4:35pm

Hi there! Have you been enjoying this warm weather? I definitely have. This weather is very unseasonable for this time of year, but I’m reminded of the saying of Texans—“If you don’t like the weather one day, give it a day or two and you’ll like it!”

The weather is going to change as we approach Friday. As you are finishing that last-minute Christmas shopping and attending holiday parties, you’ll want to be prepared for the possibility of strong to severe storms on Saturday.

Here’s the breakdown:

Thursday

Clouds will begin to move in from the west and southwest as Pacific and Gulf of Mexico moisture returns to our area. What this will mean for East Texas is temperatures right around 70 degrees. Also, we will have another breezy day just like we had on Wednesday. An isolated shower cannot be ruled out due to daytime heating and the increased moisture in East Texas.

Friday

With clouds in place, lows Friday morning will be in the upper 50s and low 60s. Right now, the KETK Weather Team is forecasting a 20% chance of showers on Friday—this will be scattered and not everyone will see the rain. The sunshine will be filtered throughout the day and our high temperatures will make it to the lower and middle 70s.

Saturday

Our best chance of rain looks to move in on Saturday. The morning hours will consist of scattered showers and thunderstorms, but the afternoon is the timeframe we’re monitoring for some severe weather.

By Saturday afternoon, an area of low pressure will be moving through East Texas. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s and dew points will be in the 60s, making it very muggy. Winds will be out of the south and west between 15-20 miles per hour. With all of these ingredients in place, severe storms are possible. The upper levels of the atmosphere also support storms becoming severe. We are still a few days out, and you’ll want to stay tune for the latest forecast.

Below are the rain chances depicted by the GFS forecast model.

Sunday – Tuesday

Showers will be exiting East Texas late Saturday night. We have removed rain chances on Sunday, but we will hold on to partly to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s for highs Sunday through Tuesday with lots of sunshine returning by Monday.

Christmas Day Preview

We look to have mostly sunny skies on Christmas. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s and possibly near 60 degrees. Unfortunately, a white Christmas will not be happening here in East Texas.

We will continue to keep you updated of the latest weather forecasts on-air, online, on your mobile device, and through social media. Thank you for trusting KETK as your source for weather information.

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