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Severe storms to sweep through Texas Monday night, Tuesday

HOUSTON – A potent storm system gaining strength over the middle of the U.S. will generate strong to severe storms in much of Texas Monday night and Tuesday. The threat in southeast Texas will increase after midnight Monday night and continue for much of the day Tuesday.

A line of strong thunderstorms, called a squall line, will develop along a cold front in west Texas Monday evening. The squall line will march east and impact the Houston area Tuesday morning and early afternoon, bringing with it the threat for strong wind gusts and rainfall from 1 to 3 inches. Street flooding will be possible as these storms move through.

Houston will be on the southern fringe of this powerful storm system, so the threat for severe weather will be greatest to the north of the city, closer to the core of the storm.

Far ahead of the squall line, stand-alone thunderstorms could fire up as early as 3 a.m. Tuesday in the southeast Texas region. The storms will have the potential to generate isolated tornadoes. The threat for tornadoes will continue until the squall line and the cold front pass through the area. In areas west of Houston, the tornado threat will diminish by mid to late-morning. East of Houston, the threat for tornadoes could linger through early to mid-afternoon.

When the cold front passes through the region, the threat for any kind of severe weather ends. Late Tuesday afternoon, lingering light to moderate rain will be possible as the cold front pushes into Louisiana.

Skies will turn sunny on Wednesday. Expect sunshine and a return to seasonable fall temperatures for the remainder of the week.