Unsettled weather will move into the Western Gulf just in time for Thanksgiving Day. Thursday will bring heavy rainfall and scattered thunderstorms, with the potential for a few isolated severe thunderstorms in the mix. This system brings much-needed rain but some risks as well.
Thursday, a trough will amplify over the Southern Plains, and moisture will be drawn in from the Gulf of Mexico. WeatherRadar shows rainfall spreading across eastern Texas and into the Lower Mississippi Valley Thursday. While many of these areas need rain, it may be too much at once. Isolated areas of flash flooding are possible for portions of eastern Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and southern Arkansas.
Severe weather threat
There will be some instability Thursday afternoon and evening for areas along the mid- and upper-Texas coastline and into southwest Louisiana. Cities like Houston and Lake Charles, La., may see a severe thunderstorm or two. Any strong or severe thunderstorms that develop will be isolated but may bring damaging wind gusts and possibly an isolated tornado. So stay alert and check our forecast for the latest details.
The Gulf Coast isn't the only area seeing some unsettled weather on Thanksgiving. Snow is in the forecast for Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas, starting late Thursday. The backside of this system will bring moderate to heavy snow for the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico Thursday night into Friday. This area could see 4 to 6 inches of snow, with locally heavier amounts.