A storm system moving across the central plains and northeast Texas is expected to continue bringing showers with a chance of severe thunderstorms.

A storm system moving across the central plains and northeast Texas is expected to continue bringing showers with a chance of severe thunderstorms.


National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Stalley said on Monday afternoon the best chance for severe thunderstorms for the Sherman area will be on Tuesday afternoon into the evening, but a chance existed for Monday night.


"Most of North and Central Texas are going to have the opportunity for seeing some strong to severe thunderstorms on Tuesday," Stalley said. "There’s not necessarily at this point one location that’s a whole lot more favorable than another."


The storm system is expected to continue to cover Central to North Texas through Thursday. Stalley said the main severe weather threat looks to be a chance of hail, but strong winds or possibly a tornado can’t be ruled out from the strongest storms that could develop.


"It’s going to take the next several days before the large upper level low finally moves off to our east and stops influencing our weather and bringing us all these showers and thunderstorms," Stalley said.


From Monday through Thursday, Stalley said most places in Northeast Texas would see close to two inches of rain with a few isolated places seeing substantially more. He said the area east of Grayson County might see the heaviest rainfall with some totals reaching between two to three inches.


Sarah Somers, director of Grayson County Office of Emergency Management, said staff is gearing up for the chance of severe weather with all the systems in the Emergency Operations Center turned on and storm spotters on call ready to go.


"I’m hopeful it’s rain and nothing severe; there’s always a possibility that’s what could happen and that’s what we hope," Somers said.


Somers said this time of year her office encourages people to be mindful of the weather and to sign up for CodeRED, the targeted notification system the county partners with to deliver storm warnings and other alerts. To sign up visit the Grayson County website and click on CodeRED under the quick links list. Users of the service can mange their accounts to register specific phones or emails with an address to target where the user wants alerts from. Users can choose how they want to receive alerts — voice alerts, emails, texts — and what kind of alerts they want to receive. Somers said parents can also sign up their children’s cellphones on the same account so they too can receive specific warnings.


The primary weather alerts that come from CodeRED are tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and severe thunderstorm warnings. The county can issue emergency alerts for citizens safety or notices like evacuation areas, bomb threats, gas leaks, water contamination, utility outages, missing person or other related emergency incidents. Somers said if CodeRED sends out multiple alerts during the night, the system isn’t broken but doing its job.


"We all have to remember the weather warnings are being issued as a result of the severe weather that moves into our area, which may come in waves," Somers said. "It may be necessary for multiple warnings to be issued, so that doesn’t mean your CodeRED is broken, which we have calls come in about that sometimes."


The point of the warnings, Somers said, is to alert the public so they can take the necessary precautions for safety and tune in to other weather information sources for receive updated information. She said the service isn’t a stand alone feature and she recommend citizens prepare for worst case scenarios during the severe weather season.


"They need to think through what happens if your power goes out," Somers said. "If you didn’t charge your cellphone up, today is probably a bad day to let your cellphone go down low."