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Strong storms followed by extreme cold

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for the western sections of ETX from 6AM Tuesday through 3PM Tuesday. The counties in the Advisory are...Delta, Hopkins, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Rains and Henderson. A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for the North-Central portions of ETX including Tyler/Longview and points north but NOT the parts of ETX East and South...from Noon tomorrow until 9PM tomorrow. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of Winter Precipitation may cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and plan on some travel delays. Ice/Sleet/Snow accumulations up to 1-2 inches are possible in the Northern sections of advisory area along I-30. Just a side note: The Dallas / Ft. Worth area is under a Winter Storm Warning from 3AM until 3PM Tuesday.

A very strong arctic cold front is moving through ETX this morning. Ahead of this front showers and thunderstorms. A few of these storms could be severe with strong winds being the main threat. Winds may gust to over 60 mph. We can't completely rule out an isolated weak tornado with this line of storms as well.

The big story behind this front will be the extremely cold air that is moving into East Texas. Temperatures are dropping as much as 20-25 degrees or more within 30 minutes of the front's passage. Rain in these areas will begin to transition to freezing rain followed by sleet later this morning.

As temperatures continue to drop, any remaining moisture in the atmosphere will begin to remove itself in the form of snow flurries. Flurries could occur anywhere across East Texas this afternoon and evening however very little if any accumulation is expected.

By 5PM today, temperatures across East Texas will range from the middle 20s north to the lower 30s south. At the same time we will see strong northwesterly winds 20 to 30 mph gusting as high as 40 mph at times. This combination will produce wind chill temperatures between 5°F and 20°F.

The cold air is not in any hurry to leave. Low temperatures will be in the teens with highs in the 30s through the work week. There is an upper air disturbance that will move through the area on Friday. This could produce some light snow across most of East Texas. Right now it appears moisture will be limited so accumulations, if any, would be small. However, if this system is able to pull in enough Gulf moisture, things could be interesting. We will have to watch this developing situation very closely over the next couple of days.

We may stay below FREEZING for as many as 72 hours...Get ready!!!

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