Freezing temps Thursday night, a chance of snow Friday

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TYLER, TX (KTLV) - Many areas of East Texas saw their first freeze this morning with some areas dropping into the upper 20s and lower 30s.  Mostly sunny skies but cold temperatures will continue today with high temperatures only reaching the upper 40s.

We are currently monitoring an upper level disturbance across the Panhandle this morning producing light snow near Amarillo.  This disturbance will move southeast across Texas overnight tonight and tomorrow bringing a chance of light snow or snow flurries to the southern half of East Texas tomorrow afternoon.

There is a chance the snow could start off as light rain showers but with most of the upper atmosphere well below freezing and drier air located near the surface, evaporational cooling will rapidly change any rain over to snow.  Right now it appears the snow will be too light for any major accumulation however, we could see a light dusting from a Palestine to Bullard to Carthage line south.

As this disturbance moves towards the Gulf of Mexico, an area of low pressure will begin to develop off the coast bringing another chance of snow to our southeastern counties.  It does appear this low could cause significant accumulations of snow north west of its track.  If the path of this low changes it could drastically change our snow forecast for East Texas.  Right now the low appears to be too far east keeping the accumulating snowfall south and east of East Texas with the big winner being southwest Louisiana, where some computer models paint 4 to 6 inches of snow.  Winter storm watches have been posted for the extreme southern counties of East Texas where some computer models indicate 2 inches of snow could fall.

The overall trend of this developing system is to continue pushing the moisture farther south and east making the chance of snow in East Texas less.  For a detailed look at this possible snow event, including snowfall accumulation maps, please check out my blog.

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