You've probably noticed this afternoon just how humid and sticky it seems to be.  If you've lived in East Texas long enough, you know that tends to be a great breeding ground for strong storms.  In fact, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma is advising folks across the Pineywoods to be alert for quickly developing storms around the area for the remainder of this afternoon and evening.

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As of 4 pm on Tuesday, a few strong storms have started to fire off southwest of Center.  More storms should develop until the daytime heating dies down later tonight.  Some of the storms could become severe with the main threat being strong straight-line winds gusting to 70 mph and large hail, in some cases up to golf ball sized hail.  Tornadoes are a low threat but can't be totally ruled out.

Once we get past these storms, an approaching cold front is expected to fire up some more storms overnight and into the early morning hours of Wednesday.  A few severe storms are expected to develop along and ahead of the front.  Once again, the main threat from these storms will be strong, gusty winds and large hail.  Hail the size of golf balls and larger were reported overnight in the Texas Hill Country from this same system.  Isolated tornadoes late tonight are not completely out of the question, but as of now forecasters have tornado occurrence at a very low probability.

Cooler temperatures through the weekend are expected after tonight's frontal passage.

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