‘Unseasonably Strong’ Storms Expected In East Texas Overnight

Look for storms in the Houston area after 9:00 p.m.

This map from the National Weather Service shows areas likely to be hit by the storm event. Much of East Texas sits at an “enhanced” risk of severe weather, shown in orange.

Forecasters expect East Texas to contend with severe storms Friday night, with strong winds, hail, and tornadoes possibly forming in the region.

National Weather Service meteorologists described the event as “unseasonably strong” and expect areas north of Conroe to be at the highest risk.

“In general all of southeast Texas should be prepared to monitor for dangerous weather conditions tonight,” staffers at the NWS Houston/Galveston office wrote in their 5:30 a.m. forecast discussion.

A line of thunderstorms is expected to enter the region from the west after 7:00 p.m. Friday and make its way to the Houston area around midnight. The storm system is expected to exit the area around 2:00 a.m.

Forecasters say strong damaging winds will be the primary threat from the system. The strongest gusts could reach 75 miles an hour, a greater concern for northern areas of the region. Flash flooding is not expected to be a concern.

Some storms may form Friday afternoon, but meteorologists expect them to hold off until the evening hours. A severe weather watch could be issued Friday afternoon and a warning in the evening hours or overnight.

Officials are reminding residents to have a plan for taking shelter if need be. If a severe weather warning is issued, officials say to take shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor away from doors and windows. If you’re outside at the time, get inside a sturdy building immediately. You can also take steps to protect your car from hail.

The high temperature Friday afternoon is expected to be 77°F in Houston, later dropping to a low of 55°F.

This story has been updated to reflect the latest forecast information.


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