A welcome change in the weather is on its way to Northeast Texas.
A cool front brining rain is expected to make its way into the region Thursday evening. Most of Northeast Texas is expected to receive over an inch of rainfall over a 36-hour period beginning late Thursday and continuing through Friday.
Cooler temperatures should accompany the precipitation. Thursday-morning forecasts predict afternoon high temperatures in the low 80s throughout the region on Friday.
The rain is expected to be gone by Saturday, but a break from the heat is forecast to last through the weekend. National Weather Service forecasts predict afternoon highs in the mid-80s on Saturday and Sunday.
Despite the anticipated rainfall, local officials expect burn bans – currently in effect in all Northeast Texas counties – to remain in place.
Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill told the Greenville Herald-Banner that the cumulative effect of the ongoing drought won't be reversed by a single rainfall.
“The fuel load, the grasses, right now are very, very dry,” Hill said.