East Texas projected to be on the outer circle of Tropical Depression Harvey, heavy rains expected

Published on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 23:43 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com 

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East Texas is on the outer edge of the bands associated with tropical depression Harvey, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport. This means east Texas will see lower temperatures and rain in the area over the weekend. 

"Rainfall amounts of four to six inches are expected across east Texas over the weekend," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Aaron Stevens.

There is a lot of uncertainty with Harvey’s current track. Adjustments to rainfall amounts and timing are likely to change over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. 

 Stevens said the storm is projected to make landfall southwest of Houston on Friday night and could be over Houston about 7 a.m. Monday. 

"We are sending up weather balloons every six hours and planes are flying into the storm," Stevens said. "We're trying to get a good idea of the track of the storm."

Heading into this weekend, the National Weather Service said thunderstorms are projected to shift south of Interstate 20 on Thursday, but begin to lift back northward on Friday. 

The National Weather Service warns that flash flooding and river flooding will be likely if heavy rainfall hits the area.