Spring, Texas – October 30, 2018: A majority of Southeast Texas is under an ENHANCED RISK for severe weather beginning tomorrow, Wednesday.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating plans may come to a screeching halt as a powerful cold front is forecast to push through the area late Wednesday bringing widespread rain and severe weather threats. The timing on when the storms will arrive is quite uncertain, however, several factors seem to point towards isolated storms developing ahead of the front around 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. With the strongest storms on the leading edge of this front, the risk for straight line winds up to 60 MPH and hail will be possible. We should also note that although this setup does not favor much of a tornado threat, tornadic activity cannot be ruled out. Not all of the storms on the leading edge of this front will be strong, however, you can expect dangerous cloud to ground lightning as well as gusty winds during the afternoon and evening hours.
As the front nears the Houston Metro area, the chance for widespread rain and thunderstorm increases. As the front passes through Houston, strong winds and heavy rainfall will be the primary threats.
Widespread rainfall totals are forecast between 1-2 inches, but some isolated areas may see as much as 4 inches of rain.
By the time you wake up on Thursday morning, the storms will have moved out of the area and the temperatures will have dropped significantly. Expect highs on Thursday in the upper 60s and temps in the upper 40s, low 50s when you wake up on Friday morning.