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Meteorologists with the National Weather Service and www.Weather.com are predicting the chance again for severe weather in our region this afternoon and into the evening.
These storms have the potential to bring damaging wind gusts, hail, heavy rain and the chance of tornadoes, although with this complex storm system it is hard to predict how severe the weather will be, but the ingredients for thunderstorms are in place over our region.
Some meteorologists are calling this another severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak that started yesterday, but so far only thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches have been issued with this system. There are currently no weather advisories issued for Northeast Texas, but we will monitor this activity as it approaches from our west.
There will be showers early in the day today, which could cool down our atmosphere and not allow the storms this afternoon to reach the severity that they could in warmer temperatures, but it is quite likely that it will storm this evening, however, too early to say how severe these storms will be. Keep an eye on the Extra! for updates as they are made available.
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There is another slight chance of thunderstorm activity on Saturday, shown in the photo below. This prediction could change as the current system moves through. More to follow soon on Saturday’s forecast.
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As predicted, it did storm on Tuesday afternoon and by 3pm, the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Lamar County.
While these storms were a part of a weather system that has been considered a tornado and severe thunderstorm outbreak since Sunday, the severity lessened as they approached Northeast Texas.
There was reason to worry though, these storms had potential to be worse, and Paris schools, as well as many other schools in the region, sent students home early due to the threat of the severe weather with this storm system — preparing to avoid a situation like Moore, Oklahoma, where a massive tornado devastated the suburb of Oklahoma City, claiming the lives of 24 — 9 of which were children. (Click here to read about the devastation brought by the Tornado Outbreak of May 19-21 — from www.Weather.com.)
Although the storms that we saw today were a part of this exact system that dropped tornadoes in several states since Sunday, there were no tornadoes reported in the Northeast Texas region with this storm system, but it did bring a very severe storm unleashing damaging winds and dropping hail and heavy rains on Paris and Lamar County before continuing its trek eastward.
There was minor damage around Paris from this storm and lucky for us, much of the severity of this storm system had lessened. The weather pattern will now trudge east and the skies should clear after midnight, although it would be safe to stay alert.
According to meteorologists with www.Weather.com, the forecast for Lamar County tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22) is sunny all day with a high temperature of 87 degrees.
Meteorologists are predicting a likely severe weather potential for our region this afternoon and this evening.
According to the www.Weather.com, we have an 80% chance of strong thunderstorms today and tonight. Paris and other areas of Northeast Texas are under a Tornado Watch until 7pm and many communities in the path of this storm are already taking precautionary measures.
These storms are a part of the system that many meteorologists have considered to be a severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak. This storm system dropped tornadoes in at least five states starting on Sunday, May 19, and has led to the devastation of several Oklahoma communities with Moore, Oklahoma taking the worst hit. (Click the link to track the severe weather on www.weather.com as it happens now.)
There is a moderate potential for tornadoes today with some of these storms. Severe thunderstorms likely to produce damaging winds, hail, lightning, heavy rains and some tornadoes are likely this afternoon and evening. The exact timing is difficult to predict at this moment, but you will be updated as a more precise forecast is available.
Severe storms are imminent today and this evening. Be alert and take precautions.
To stay safe, many schools in our region have called to have parents pick their children up, as this afternoon and evening looks to be when the severity will approach our area.
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It is safe to say that it will storm — with the high likelihood of severe storms — sometime possibly this afternoon and/or evening. Stay alert and be prepared to take shelter. Check the Extra! for any weather updates as they are made available.