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HOUSTON – Forecasters warned of severe thunderstorms as a front moves through southeast Texas on Halloween night.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. for all of the Houston region.
Forecasters said a few tornadoes are possible with storms that develop, as well as ping-pong-ball-sized hail and winds of 70 mph.
The front begins arriving in the northern counties at about 9 p.m. with the bulk of the rain hitting the city around midnight. Coastal counties will see storms starting about 4 a.m. Thursday.
The cold front will clear the coast by 5 a.m. Thursday, giving way to a cool and brisk day.
Merwin said some storms are possible when most people go trick-or-treating and it is important to check the radar before heading out.
Some storms could become severe. The Houston area is under an enhanced risk of severe weather, which means high winds, hail and isolated tornadoes are possible.
Rainfall amounts will be between 1 and 2 inches for many locations, but isolated areas of 3 to 4 inches are possible. That means street flooding could be a problem for some drivers who are out in the evening.
After the front passes, temperatures will plummet. Highs on Thursday will only get into the upper 60s, with temperatures in the upper 40s by Friday morning.
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