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Winter is coming to East Texas


After weeks of above normal temperatures Old Man Winter will make a visit to East Texas. This morning we saw very light rain as a fast moving disturbance moved across the area. This afternoon the rain will end and skies may become partly cloudy for an hour or two allowing for temperatures to reach the middle, possible upper 50s. Enjoy it while it lasts because the next few days will be well below normal.

At the writing of this article a fast moving arctic front was moving south across the Northern Plains. It still appears the brunt of this air mass will stay to our north and east however, it does look as though our temperatures will be significantly colder than we first thought earlier in the week. Tomorrow morning we will see temperatures ranging from the upper 20s along the I-30 corridor to just above freezing in our southern counties. Strong northerly winds on Saturday will make for a fairly uncomfortable day. Highs on Saturday will struggle to reach 40 degrees along the I-30 corridor with only middle to upper 40s in our southern counties. Wind chill values will be in the upper 20s and low 30s area wide throughout the day Saturday.

The winds will die down just a bit Saturday night allowing for the coldest temperatures of the year. So far the coldest temperatures this winter in Tyler and Longview are 27° and 25° respectfully. It looks as though much of the area will dip into the lower to middle 20s by Sunday morning providing a hard freeze to the area. Sunday will still be cold but with lighter winds it will not feel as bad. High temperatures on Sunday will reach the middle to upper 40s in most areas with a lucky few in our southern counties approaching 50 degrees.

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As we start the new work week our attention will turn to a possible winter weather event. Right now it looks as though temperatures will be too warm across East Texas for anything frozen to fall across most of the area. However our extreme northeast counties, the Mt. Pleasant area, will be close enough to the arctic high pressure to where we could see a little sleet mix in with the rain early Monday morning. At this time no travel problems are anticipated with this event and anything frozen will turn to all rain by the late morning hours. So get ready, winter is coming.

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