The Wharton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is reporting that inclement weather is forecast for Southeast Texas, which includes Wharton County.

OEM Coordinator Andy Kirkland said a cold front that is forecast to cross our area late Wednesday, Dec. 30 and the following day on New Year’s Eve in the early morning is expected to bring periods of showers and thunderstorms to all Southeast Texas. 

“Some of the storms could become strong to severe with strong damaging winds and possible isolated tornadoes,” Kirkland said on Monday, Dec. 28. “In addition to the threat for high winds, locally heavy rain will be possible with widespread rainfall totals of two to three inches and isolated totals between three to five inches.”

Kirkland said the rain is expected to end before the new year, but there will be much colder temperatures filtering into the area. 

“Snow or a mix of rain and snow will be possible before the precipitation ends on Thursday morning mainly west of a line from Edna to Wharton to Madisonville,” Kirkland said. At the time he reported this, there were no accumulations expected.

In advance of this storm, the OEM on Tuesday, Dec. 29 ordered no burning in Wharton County as winds between 25-30 mph were forecast to exceed state limits.

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