Weather Talk: Storms Thursday & Friday
POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:12pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:20pm
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — We’re looking a good chance of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday and into Friday. Some storms could be strong or severe on Thursday, but we are not anticipating widespread severe weather.
THURSDAY AM — MID-AFTERNOON
When you are starting your day, it will be very muggy with morning temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. We’ll likely be under cloudy skies with a breeze as well. The morning will be precipitation free, but have the umbrella handy by the afternoon.
Even through midday and early afternoon, most of us will remain dry, but it will be humid and windy.
As a dryline (separation of hot/dry air and warm/humid air) moves east, it will be the trigger mechanism for showers and storms in Central Texas by afternoon and those will move into East Texas by late afternoon and evening.
Models depict storms to develop in Central Texas by late morning and early afternoon.
THURSDAY LATE PM — EVENING
As we approach the commute home, we’ll likely have some scattered showers in East Texas. Rain chances look to increase by the evening hours. The RPM model displays showers moving in by mid-evening (8-9pm) and likely lasting through the overnight hours.
Overall timing will be from late afternoon and through the overnight. Any storm that takes place can contain gusty winds and some large hail. There is a very low isolated tornado threat, but expect frequent lightning.
Scattered showers and storms remain possible on Friday. In the morning, most of the rain will be focused in our central and southern counties with more redevelopment through the early afternoon hours.
We’re hoping for some very good rainfall. We need it. According to the National Weather Service reporting stations (Tyler, Longview, and Lufkin), we are below normal for this time of year.
Some areas could see rainfall totals close to two inches by the time this system moves out of East Texas.
We’ll keep you updated. Even though Thursday is not a widespread severe weather day, make sure you are #KETKaware and know what the weather will be doing. You can stay alert of the weather by keeping track of radar with Futurecast, both online and on your mobile device.
Meteorologist Dr. Robert Thornton will update you Thursday morning with the latest forecast and Chief Meteorologist Scott Chesner with the forecast Thursday afternoon and evening. I will also be updating the weather blog as necessary during the day Thursday.
For the latest forecast, visit the KETK Weather Page.