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Heavy rains and thunderstorms bring a slight possibility of some localized flooding to areas of Northeast Texas today, as meteorologists have predicted a 70% chance of rain for much of Tuesday, with strong to severe storms possible in the afternoon and evening hours.
According to a ‘Hazardous Weather Outlook’ issued by the National Weather Service on Monday, a flash flood watch will continue through Tuesday afternoon.
The outlook also states that thunderstorm chances will continue for the remainder of the week for areas east of I-35, and depending on the amount of rainfall that is received, localized flooding may still be a concern across areas of northeast Texas through the weekend.
The main threats associated with the storms predicted for this afternoon — should they become severe — are gusty winds, heavy rainfall, spotty hail and lightning. The heavy rainfall is the largest concern, however, it could bring much needed relief to those areas in the plains experiencing drought conditions.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said in a ‘short range forecast discussion’ on Monday that the heaviest and most organized area of precipitation should be across eastern Texas and Louisiana on Tuesday.
This system will shift eastward into the upper Mississippi Valley by Wednesday morning, bringing the chance of rain and thunderstorms down to 20% for our area on Wednesday (30% on Wednesday night).
On Thursday the thunderstorm chance will increase to 40%.
Currently, Friday and the weekend have roughly a 20-30% chance in the forecast.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra