A strong arctic cold front is moving south through Canada and is scheduled to be here in East Texas early next week. Before the front moves into the area, an area of low pressure will develop across the northern Gulf of Mexico and provide a good chance of rain to East Texas. Right now it looks as though the moisture will be out of the area by the time the cold air moves in so snow and ice does not appear to be a problem. However, if this storm system moves a little slower than forecast, we could see some problems so please stay tuned to changes that could occur in Sunday's forecast.
After the arctic front moves through the area, the coldest air of the New Year will usher in on northwesterly winds. High temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday will struggle to reach the middle and upper 30s in most areas. An upper air disturbance will create a few clouds as well and this will actually help us out during the nighttime hours by keeping temperatures out of the teens. Right now it looks like most areas will drop into the lower and middle 20s. If we do not see as many clouds as expected right now we could see a few areas drop into the teens, so please begin to prepare for very cold temperatures. There is a chance that on Wednesday of next week, as an upper level disturbance moves to our north...we could see some mixed precipitation in the form of sleet and a very cold rain. We will stay on top of that for you, as always.
Today and tomorrow will be very mild, so please take the time to prepare yourself and your property for the forecast temperatures. Now would be a good time start covering or moving cold sensitive plants, wrap exposed pipes, and please remember about your pets.