Beware of severe storms this weekend in Lufkin, Nacogdoches
There are a ton of outdoor Christmas events happening this weekend in Deep East Texas. Parades in Huntington, Zavalla, Hemphill and Nacogdoches, to name a few. Plus, Rudolph’s great lighting up the red-nosed pumping unit at Lufkin.
Is it going to rain on our parades?
Fortunately, the weather, for the most part, looks rather bright. There is a low probability (20%) of a parasitic downpour from Saturday to Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will remain well above normal with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the lower 60s. There is a decent chance of strong to severe thunderstorms by the end of Sunday, but these should arrive well after all of the holiday weekend activities.
So … What about those violent storms?
It has been a while since we talked about severe thunderstorms in east Texas, but it looks like hail and potentially destructive winds are involved with a cool front expected to pass through our area by the next. late Sunday and early Monday.
As of this publication, the Oklahoma Storm Forecasting Center advises residents of Pineywoods that there is a “marginal” chance of severe weather here late Sunday night. We have a 70% chance of having showers and thunderstorms during this time, and you have roughly a 5% chance that some of these storms will become severe near you. Currently, meteorologists expect these storms to bring hail and / or gusts above 60 mph. They don’t mention tornadoes in the conversation … at least, not yet.
Cooler weather on the way
Once the squall line and the front have passed, temperatures will be a bit more normal for East Texas. Our average early December high is 61, while our average low is around 41. We could still be a few degrees above normal for most of next week.
Hey, what about the weather for the Lufkin Parade?
If you’re wondering about the forecast for Lufkin’s Illuminated Christmas Parade on Monday, December 6 at 6 p.m. ET. Right now they’re showing temperatures in the mid-50s with a chance of rain of around 25%. It will be a breeze during the day on Monday, but I hope it calms down that evening.
Storm damage to downtown Lufkin
An unconfirmed tornado briefly passed through downtown Lufkin on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. It cut power to Lufkin Town Hall and many businesses in the area were affected.